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Our plan for the future

by Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and
Director of the USPTO

It’s been a work in progress for many months, and today, I’m excited to announce the publication of our 2022-2026 Strategic Plan. We gathered extensive comments from our employees, public advisory committees, IP industry groups, and the public to help shape this document into a clear and consistent plan. I’m grateful to everyone who provided feedback throughout the planning process to make this plan ambitious, focused, and relevant.

This plan outlines our five strategic goals for the next few years: 

1. Drive inclusive U.S. innovation and global competitiveness; 

2. Promote the efficient delivery of reliable intellectual property (IP) rights; 

3. Promote the protection of IP against new and persistent threats; 

4. Bring innovation to impact for the public good; and

5. Generate impactful employee and customer experiences by maximizing agency operations. 

As you review the document, you’ll notice we’ve added measurable goal-based objectives to better quantify our continual progress. You’ll also see that we’ve modified our mission and vision to better reflect our position as America’s innovation agency.

As I said in my one-year anniversary blog, my focus for the next 12 months is on impact. Between various engagement events and virtual feedback options, I’ve heard from thousands of you. We’ve listened. We’re reimagining our agency for the future. This plan clearly documents how we will achieve the greatest effects. 

Every day, every one of us at the USPTO works to drive U.S. innovation, inclusive capitalism, and global competitiveness to unleash America’s limitless potential. I thank you all once again for joining us on this journey of evolution. As always, my virtual door remains open to you through the Engage with the Director page. We appreciate you and look forward to working with you to meet—and even exceed—our goals!