Kappos Announces Obama’s FY 2011 Budget Request for PTO
|Written by Gene Quinn
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Posted: Feb 2, 2010 @ 10:48 am
EDITOR’S NOTE: President Obama’s recently submitted budget would allow the USPTO to hire 1,000 patent examiners during both FY 2011 and FY 2012. It would also provide an interim fee increase on certain patent fees which is estimated to generate $224 million. There is no mention of fee diversion, but reading between the lines it seems the budget would allow the USPTO to keep all, or at least more, of the fees collected. More to come, but below is a press release issued by the USPTO on February 1, 2010. It is worth a read.
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Washington – February 1, 2010 – Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced President Obama’s $2.322 billion fiscal year 2011 (FY 2011) budget request for the USPTO.
The president’s budget request for FY 2011 will support a five-year plan designed to enable the USPTO to achieve the strategic objectives laid out by Under Secretary Kappos and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke – a significant reduction in patent pendency periods and the existing patent inventory backlog; improvement in patent quality; enhanced intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement; global IP policy leadership; and investment in information technology (IT) infrastructure and tools to achieve a 21st Century system that permits end-to-end electronic processing in patents and trademark IT systems.
To achieve these performance commitments, the USPTO will:
- Achieve 3 percent annual efficiency gains in patents processing through the re-engineering of management and workflow processes.
- Initiate a targeted hiring surge and hire 1,000 patent examiners annually during FY 2011 and FY 2012. This effort will target former patent examiners and IP professionals who will require minimal training and can be productive virtually from the start of their employment.
Further details on the USPTO’s five-year strategic plan will be released in the second quarter of 2010 as they become available.
“The USPTO’s 2011 budget represents a significant investment in American innovation,” Secretary Locke said. “We must reduce the unacceptably long time it takes to patent a new idea or technology and improve our enforcement of intellectual property. Doing so will help create jobs and enhance the long-term competitiveness of the U.S. economy.”
The FY 2011 budget request projects fee collections of $2.098 billion. In addition, the administration is proposing an interim fee increase on certain patent fees which is estimated to generate $224 million. The administration continues to support granting the USPTO fee-setting authority as a significant part of a sustainable funding model that would allow the director to propose and set fees in a manner that better reflects the actual cost of USPTO services.
“The USPTO’s work in fostering innovation and bringing patented goods and services to market is a crucial driver of job creation and economic recovery,” said Under Secretary Kappos. “Intellectual property is America’s competitive advantage in the 21st Century global economy and will play a central role in our long-term economic growth. We will continue to take steps to make the USPTO more efficient, and drive to reduce the unacceptably long pendency periods that hinder the creation of new businesses and new jobs.”
About the President’s FY 2011 Budget Request
Having steered the economy back from the brink of a depression, the Obama Administration is committed to moving the Nation from recession to recovery by sparking job creation, putting millions of Americans back to work, and building a new foundation for the long-term prosperity for all American families. To do this, the FY 2011 Budget makes critical investments in education, clean energy, infrastructure, and innovation in order to reverse the decline in economic security that American families have experienced over the past decade.
But even as the Administration meets the challenge of the recession and strives to build an economy that works for all American families, Washington must change the way it does business and so must the USPTO. The agency will be more efficient and will work to end programs that don’t work, streamline those that do, and bring new accountability and transparency to how USPTO dollars are spent. At its core, the President’s budget aims to jumpstart job creation, strengthen the economic security of American families and make the tough choices needed to put the United States back on the path to fiscal responsibility.
About the Author
Gene Quinn is a US Patent Attorney, law professor and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had many millions of unique visitors. Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, USA Today, CNN Money, NPR and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.