The USPTO published its annual Performance and Accountability Report for the 2016 fiscal year. The Report tracks “agency’s progress toward meeting goals outlined in our 2014-2018 Strategic Plan: optimizing patent quality and timeliness; optimizing trademark quality and timeliness; and providing domestic and global leadership to improve intellectual property policy, protection, and enforcement worldwide.” Thus, the Report contains a variety of information including financials such as the USPTO's annual revenue expenses, number of filings, time until first office action, average application pendency time, other performance specifics, changes in case law, and plans for the future. We've summarized some of the interesting points below. However, there is plenty more to ponder in the Report itself.
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