Significant developments at the USPTO in 2016

By Mary Boney Denison

It has been another busy year for the trademarks organisation at the US Patent and Trademark Office. Major changes include a proposed new fee structure and a renewed focus on enhancing the customer experience

Trademark-intensive industries are an integral part of the US economy. This fact was reinforced in a September 2016 report from the Department of Commerce’s Economics and Statistics Administration and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) entitled “Intellectual Property and the US Economy”, which examined 81 IP-intensive industries and found that trademark-intensive industries account for $6.1 trillion, or nearly 35% of US gross domestic product (up from 30.8% in 2010). This accounted for 23.7 million direct jobs in 2014 (up from 22.6 million in 2010) or 85% of all IP-intensive jobs identified in the report. The report also stated that IP-related industries accounted for 45.5 million jobs, either directly or indirectly, which is close to 30% of all US jobs.

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