February 06, 2008

On Monday, the USPTO announced its request of a $2B+ budget for FY2009, marking the first time the $2 billion level has been requested by the office. The FY2009 request of $2.075 billion represents an 8% increase over the FY2008 level of $1.916 billion, and as referenced within the USPTO announcement (link below), this budget proposal will support the anticipated hire of 1,200 patent examiners during that period and will allow for the expansion of web-based business transactions with the USPTO. Jon Dudas, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, stated that “[t]he President’s budget request for 2009 will support the goals of the USPTO’s five-year strategic plan: optimizing patent and trademark quality and timeliness, improving intellectual property protection both domestically and abroad, and achieving organizational excellence.” Additional details regarding the budget request, including recent USPTO statistics for 2007, are included within the USPTO link below.

USPTO Announcement: LINK

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