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