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The USPTO has issued a revised fee schedule which will go into effect on January 16, 2018.  This is the second iteration of patent fee rulemaking by the UPSTO under the authority granted to it by the AIA.  The first iteration was set as a final rule in January of 2013.  The overall purpose of the fee changes is generate sufficient revenue to recover the aggregate cost of USPTO operation and to accomplish the USPTO’s strategic goals including progress on patent quality initiatives, continued reduction of the patent application backlog and pendency, continued delivery of high quality and timely PTAB decisions, and continued investment in modernization of IT systems and infrastructure.

The following are the changes to some of the more commonly paid fees.  All the fee changes are shown as undiscounted (large entity).  Reductions for small and micro entity status continue to be available where applicable.

 Provisional application fee:

            Filing fee:                                                                   Increase from $260 to $280

 Utility application filing fees:

            Basic filing fee:                                                           Increase from $280 to $300

            Search fee:                                                                 Increase from $600 to $660

            Examination fee:                                                         Increase from $720 to $760

            Surcharge for late submission:                                   Increase from $140 to $160

 Design application filing fees:

            Basic filing fee:                                                           Increase from $180 to $200

            Search fee:                                                                 Increase from $120 to $160

            Examination fee:                                                         Increase from $460 to $600

 Excess claims fees:

            Each independent claim over 3:                                  Increase from $420 to $460

            Each claim over 20:                                                     Increase from $80 to $100

            Multiple dependent claim fee:                                      Increase from $780 to $820

 RCE fees:

            First RCE:                                                                    Increase from $1200 to $1,300

            Second and subsequent RCE:                                    Increase from $1700 to $1,900

 IDS fee:

            Submission fee:                                                           Increase from $180 to $240

 Patent issue fees:

            Utility issue fee:                                                            Increase from $960 to $1,000

            Design issue fee:                                                         Increase from $560 to $700

 Ex parte appeal fees:

            Appeal forwarding fee:                                                 Increase from $2000 to $2,240

 IPR, PGR, and CBM fees:

            IPR request fee, up to 20 claims:                                 Increase from $9,000 to $15,500

            IPR request, each claim over 20:                                 Increase from $200 to $300

            IPR post-institution fee, up to 15 claims:                      Increase from $14,000 to $15,000

            IPR post-institution, each claim over 15:                      Increase from $400 to $600

            PGR/CBM request fee, up to 20 claims:                      Increase from $12,000 to $16,000

            PGR/CBM request, each claim over 20:                      Increase from $250 to $375

            PGR/CBM post-institution fee, up to 15 claims:           Increase from $18,000 to $22,000

            PGR/CBM post-institution, each claim over 15:           Increase from $550 to $825

Other fee changes include new fees for furnishing a sequence listing, an increase to the fee for a certificate of correction, new and increased fees for various items and services through the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), changes to the fees for various petitions related to reviving an application and delayed submissions, and changes to the fees for copies of file wrappers and other document related services.

The USPTO fee schedule can be accessed on the USPTO website at https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/fees-and-payment.

 


Revised USPTO Patent Fee Schedule Effective

January 16, 2018

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