Today is the last day in the US Patent & Trademark Office’s 2010 Fiscal Year, which runs from October through September, rather than a calendar year. As anyone who has worked at the Patent Office can attest, this is a very busy time of the year.
It should be interesting to see whether the Patent Office has met its stated goal of having fewer than 700,000 pending applications. As of last year the number of pending applications was about 750,000.
Unfortunately, today’s continuing resolution (HR 3081) which provides stopgap funding to the federal government did not include a provision for the Patent Office to keep $70 million in fees collected… as reported here.
See you next year!