USPTO 2018-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN Draft Published
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) publishes its draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan which is an outline of its mission and goals that it wishes to accomplish in the future. The goals primarily relate to increasing the USPTO’s quality and timeliness of prosecuting both patents and trademarks.
For example, one specific action they like to implement is providing examiners with information from applicants’ other previously filed patent applications within the USPTO and internationally. In regards to trademarks, the USPTO desires to “maintain first action pendency between 2.5 and 3.5 months with 12 months or less for disposal pendency”. In other words, they wish to speed up the review process as the current time period is about 1 month greater then their desired projection above.
The USPTO is currently seeking comments on this pending draft which can be read here: Draft_USPTO_2018-2022_Strategic_Plan_-_For_Public_Comment_8-14-18