USPTO 2016 Performance and Accountability Report

By Jason Rantanen

Last week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office released its annual Performance and Accountability Report.  If you’ve never read this document before, I highly encourage giving it a look.  It’s chock-full of information on the PTO, from summary overviews to financials to performance metrics to changes in agency operation.  There’s also an extensive set of tables with tons of data for those who like that kind of stuff.

Law students and junior attorneys who want to quickly get up to speed on the PTO, in particular, can obtain a lot of information about the agency from the PAR.  But there’s something in there for everyone.

Here’s a link to the USPTO Chief Financial Officer’s blog post on the 2016 PAR: https://www.uspto.gov/blog/director/entry/uspto_releases_its_fy_2016

And a direct link to the 2016 PAR: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USPTOFY16PAR.pdf

2 thoughts on “USPTO 2016 Performance and Accountability Report

  1. OT, but of possible interest given the potential empowering of the Execuive Branch with the “patents are not property” line of thought.

    Greg Aharonian advances a rather radical action that in truth would need patents to not be considered property in order to escape what otherwise would be the judicial muckery to follow Greg’s suggested Executive Branch action:

    The action: simply declare that the “Gist/Absract” sword of 101 is ultra vires and not enforceable by the executive branch (enforcement is a key duty of that branch), declare that 101 will only be used nominally, and then use 102/103/112 (as Congress had intended) for the substantive examination.

    Long has Greg advocated for simply removing 101, and his email message today actually provides a fair amount of detail as to how the Executive Branch could (if desired) get away with it.

    Of course, this is 180 from the current Congress bill seeking to eviscerate the Executive Branch (not sure if Greg is aware of that bill)…

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