Patent and Trademark Office (21 - 30 of 31 items)
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...
The Patent and Trademark Office's Use of Exchange Agreements To Automate Its Trademark Operations
128275: Oct 18, 1985
GAO discussed the automation of trademark operations at the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), focusing on PTO use of non-monetary exchange agreements to obtain automated systems and the subsequent restriction of public usage of the PTO automated trademark search system. GAO stated that: (1) PTO used exchange agreements with private vendors, under which the vendors supplie...
The Patent and Trademark Office's Effort To Automate Its Trademark Operations
127579: Jul 23, 1985
Testimony was given concerning the automation of trademark operations at the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). GAO found that PTO, in attempting to carry out improved registration quality, cost-effectiveness, and reduced application processing time, did not: (1) properly manage its automation efforts; (2) thoroughly analyze or develop requirement analyses for its three au...
Patent and Trademark Office Needs To Better Manage Automation of Its Trademark Operations
IMTEC-85-8: Published: Apr 19, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1985.
GAO reviewed the automation of trademark operations at the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), focusing on: (1) system user requirements; (2) a 1982 trademark automation cost/benefit analysis; and (3) contracting practices and procedures for acquiring the automated trademark systems.GAO found that, in its 1982 Automation Master Plan, PTO established major goals for its trad...
Survey of the Patent Office's Administration of Fees Charged Specific Beneficiaries for Services
089532: Jun 6, 1973
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Comments on S. 2079
B-197643: Published: Mar 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 5, 1980.
Comments were requested on S. 2079, a bill to improve the administration of the patent and trademark law by establishing the Patent and Trademark Office as an independent agency. The provisions of this bill are directed toward removing the Patent and Trademark Office from the Department of Commerce. Implicit in this proposed action is the assumption that the Patent and Trademark Office would be mo...