The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) strategic plan for 2018-2022
is now available.
- The strategic goals set out in the plan include:
Patent practitioners and inventors should expect to benefit from reduced pendency while obtaining a patent, higher quality interactions with the USPTO, stronger IP rights in the U.S. and internationally, and improved information technology.
- Goal I: Optimize patent quality and timeliness
- Goal II: Optimize trademark quality and timeliness
- Goal III: Provide domestic and global leadership to improve intellectual property policy, enforcement and protection worldwide
- Mission Support Goal: Deliver organizational excellence
- Technology updates will be a focus over the next four years – and anyone who has used the USPTO website will no doubt rejoice over this long overdue commitment. Surprisingly, even though it is a center for innovation, the USPTO’s technology is not updated very often. With this new strategic plan, the office is aiming to create a “sandbox” to tap into the expertise of current USPTO employees. USPTO will also phase out legacy systems and create a unified platform. (Perhaps the patent assignment database will now be unified with the “Patent Application Information Retrieval” portal.)
- The USPTO is aiming to improve on timeliness during prosecuting applications, appeals, post-grant proceedings, and any other communications. This is a continuation of prior USPTO goals and hopefully we will all see even greater improvements.
- The strategic plan is not all about patents. The USPTO is also focusing on streamlining and improving the trademark process. This includes websites, searching platforms, and the process for obtaining a trademark.
- Comments to the draft plan can be directed to email@example.com. Anyone can comment on the plan - not just attorneys.