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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Performance Management Processes
GAO-10-946R: Published: Sep 24, 2010. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 2010.
The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) grants patents that protect innovations ranging from new treatments for diseases to new wireless technology applications. Over the last several years, increases in both the volume and complexity of patent applications have lengthened the time between when an application is submitted and when a final decision is made--referred to...
Intellectual Property: Comparison of Patent Examination Statistics for Fiscal Years 1994 and 1995
RCED-97-58: Published: Mar 13, 1997. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO compared the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office's patent pendency statistics for fiscal years 1994 and 1995, focusing on: (1) overall pendency; (2) patent pendency by examination groups, secrecy orders, foreign applications, and current and original application dates; and (3) patent pendency attributable to applicants.GAO noted that: (1) p...
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
GGD-94-60R: Published: Nov 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1993.
Pursuant to an agency request, GAO reviewed information on U.S. companies' views of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), focusing on responses from a mail survey on U.S. companies' patent experiences in Japan, Europe, and the United States. GAO found that: (1) 62 percent of all companies surveyed were generally satisfied with PTO; (2) the companies' views of PTO varied depending on the comp...
Intellectual Property Rights: U.S. Companies' Views on Patent Law Harmonization
T-GGD-94-11: Published: Oct 7, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1993.
GAO discussed U.S. companies' views on patent law harmonization. GAO noted that: (1) if patent harmonization is to be realized, the United States, Japan, and Europe need to fundamentally change their patent application and publication processes; (2) since 1980, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has attempted to negotiate a treaty that would establish patent harmonization, strengt...
Information Dissemination: Innovative Ways Agencies Are Using Technology
T-IMTEC-92-6: Published: Feb 19, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 19, 1992.
GAO discussed how federal agencies are using technology to provide the public with cheaper and faster access to a wider range of information, focusing on: (1) compact disc-read only memory (CD-ROM); (2) bulletin board systems; (3) voice messaging/facsimile; and (4) floppy discs. GAO noted that: (1) the U.S. Geological Survey's Geologic Long-Range Inclined Asdic-East Coast CD-ROM includes sonar-sca...
Patent and Trademark Office: Impact of Higher Patent Fees on Small-Entity and Federal Agency Users
RCED-92-19BR: Published: Oct 11, 1991. Publicly Released: Oct 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined information on alternative approaches to the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) proposal to restrict the current 50-percent reduction in the patent fees paid by small-entity users in response to a legislative requirement that it recover all of its patent costs through patent user fees.GAO found that: (1) PTO has proposed to reduce the subsidy to sma...
Transition Series: Commerce Issues
OCG-89-11TR: Published: Nov 1, 1988. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1988.
GAO summarized problems facing the Department of Commerce and provided possible solutions.GAO found that: (1) the International Trade Administration inadequately plans and executes its overseas trade promotion activities; (2) Commerce inadequately oversees and administers the export control system for civilian products with military applications; (3) the Bureau of the Census faces high census cost...
ADP System: Patent Office's Contract Renegotiation Behind Schedule
IMTEC-87-35: Published: Jul 31, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of the efforts of the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office to renegotiate the current contract for the development and deployment of its automated patent system.GAO found that: (1) an agreement between Commerce and the contractor to renegotiate included specific provisions and a two-phase timetable to complete the nego...
Trademark ADP System: Patent Office Should Analyze Alternatives Before Contract Award
IMTEC-87-44: Published: Aug 27, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the need and justification for the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office's (PTO) procurement of replacement hardware and software for its automated trademark system.GAO found that: (1) PTO did not compare alternatives before deciding to continue with its revised procurement strategy of relieving immediate capacity problems only; (2)...
ADP Acquisitions: Patent Automation Encountering Major Planning and Procurement Problems
IMTEC-86-19: Published: Jul 17, 1986. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed selected aspects of the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Automated Patent System.GAO found that: (1) Commerce did not adequately oversee the program during the planning stage and spent millions of dollars with little assurance that it was implementing the best alternative for operational improvements or that benefits were...