The United States Patent and Trademark Office boosts certain patent filing fees 15% today, as part of the America Invents Act that President Obama signed into law earlier this month.
See the full list of fee changes.
The USPTO is not offering the micro entity discount of 75% on any fees. The Office said in a press release, “these fees will be adjusted under the fee setting authority provided for in Section 10 of the AIA. The AIA continues to provide a small entity discount (50%) under 35 U.S. C. § 41(h)(1).
The press release added:
“Once the USPTO sets these new fees, it is anticipated that the new fees will include a 50% reduction for small entities and a 75% reduction for micro entities for ‘filing, searching, examining, issuing, appealing, and maintaining patent applications and patents.’ Applicants qualifying for a small entity discount (50%) will be those who meet the current definition in 35 U.S. C. 41(h)(1) while applicants qualifying for a micro entity discount (75%) will be those who meet the definition outlined in AIA Section 11(g).
For more frequently asked questions on AIA implementation, visit http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/faq.jsp
The revised USPTO fee schedule is available at: http://www.uspto.gov/about/offices/cfo/finance/fees.jsp.