Proposed USPTO Patent Fee Adjustments

USPTO (Alexandria facility)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees. The USPTO typically reviews fee levels on at least a biennial basis.

The fee adjustment proposals include increases on fees for large entity utility filing, searches, and examinations. Small and micro entity discounts remain available. Design patents do not pay maintenance fees, and the majority of design applicants are eligible for small and micro entity fee reductions.

The USPTO is seeking comments on the patent fee proposals. Comments should be sent by email to: fee.setting@uspto.gov.

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