Nov 201016

Patent Office Releases Revised Strategic Plan

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has released a revised version of its 2010-2015 strategic plan.  The revised plan lays out a number of goals and initiatives, with some revisions based on feedback received from the patent and trademark community.  Of note is the “Balanced Scorecard,” which comprises a chart linking the various goals and initiatives.  The USPTO plans to use the Scorecard as a management tool for  assessing progress under the plan going forward.  The revisions include an improved alignment between the USPTO goals and the items listed in the Scorecard, consolidation of the various community outreach programs, and a greater emphasis on quality and timeliness of international search reports.  Not surprisingly, funding authority, application volume, decaying IT infrastructure, and examiner hiring and retention are listed as major challenges.  Click here to download a copy of the revised plan.