Patent office sticks to automation
- By Florence Olsen
- Feb 07, 2005
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officials say they plan to stay focused on automating the agency's patent systems in fiscal 2006 if lawmakers approve President Bush's $308 million budget request for USPTO's chief information officer.
The $308 million is "a good $5 million extra" compared with this year's CIO budget, said Arpie Balian, director of the office of corporate planning and budget officer at USPTO. Balian said the $5 million would be used largely for a strategic IT security initiative.
Balian said USPTO officials are implementing the agency's 21st-century strategic plan, which was put on hold when they failed to get funding for their fiscal 2004 spending plans.
The president's budget request submitted to Congress this week includes $80.1 million for the Patent Automation System and $17.6 million for the Trademark Automation System. Balian said the trademark system needs comparatively less money because it is much further along in development than the patent system.