USPTO Releases New Five-Year Strategic Plan (26Mar2007)

Posted by Kristen Cichocki at March 26, 2007 12:44 PM

USPTO Releases New Five-Year Strategic Plan
Plan builds on record breaking progress in 2006

The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today released the agency’s “2007-2012 Strategic Plan,” which lays out goals and objectives to guide the agency in accomplishing its mission of fostering innovation and competitiveness by providing high quality and timely examination of patent and trademark applications, guiding domestic and international intellectual property policy and delivering intellectual property information worldwide.

The plan builds upon the record-breaking progress the USPTO made during fiscal year 2006 in the areas of quality production, electronic filing and processing, teleworking and hiring.

The Strategic Plan has three complementary strategic goals: (1) optimizing patent quality and timeliness; (2) optimizing trademark quality, and (3) improving intellectual property protection and enforcement domestically and abroad. The plan outlines approaches toward attaining these goals, articulates underlying challenges and opportunities, and identifies steps that can be taken toward implementation. It provides a framework for continuing to make measurable quality improvements, reducing patent application pendency, increasing the percentage of patent applications filed electronically and improving worldwide intellectual property expertise.

The five-year plan also has a management goal of achieving organizational excellence. As part of this goal, the agency will strive to become an employer of choice with a culture of high performance and to enhance organizational communication, prerequisites to achieving the strategic goals focused on the agency’s core mission.

The plan is the outcome of a collaborative process that included input from the public, stakeholders and employees. A draft Strategic Plan was released in September 2006 and comments were solicited. Through public comment, employee focus sessions and the input of the Patent Public Advisory Committee and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee, the plan’s ambitious goals are more clearly stated.  Further, the final plan seeks to outline transformational strategies that balance the short-term needs of today’s applicants with strategic changes needed to deal the increasing complexity and numbers of patent applications.

The “2007-2012 Strategic Plan” is available at Strategic Plan .


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