August 28, 2007

As announced in last Wednesday’s Federal Register (link to PDF below), the USPTO will be increasing some of its patent fees effective September 30, 2007. Many of the current fees (based on the current fee structure effective August 1, 2007) will be increasing by $5 or $10 depending on entity size. Some of the more common fees that will be increasing are as follows:

37 C.F.R. § 1.16(a)(1) – Basic filing fee for utility applications – small entity increasing by $5 to $155, large entity increasing by $10 to $310

37 C.F.R. § 1.16(d) – Provisional application filing fee – small entity increasing by $5 to $105, large entity increasing by $10 to $210

37 C.F.R. § 1.16(k) – Search fee for utility applications – small entity increasing by $5 to $155, large entity increasing by $10 to $310

37 C.F.R. § 1.16(o) – Examination fee for utility applications – small entity increasing by $5 to $155, large entity increasing by $10 to $310

37 C.F.R. § 1.17(a)(2) – Extension of time fee (two months) – small entity increasing by $5 to $230, large entity increasing by $10 to $460

37 C.F.R. § 1.17(a)(3) – Extension of time fee (three months) – small entity increasing by $15 to $525, large entity increasing by $30 to $1,050

A complete listing of all fee changes, including those for U.S. applications (37 C.F.R. §§ 1.16-1.18 and 1.20), national stage applications (37 C.F.R. § 1.492), and appeals (37 C.F.R. § 41.20) are included within the link below. A link to the August 1, 2007, patent fee schedule is also provided via USPTO link below.

Federal Register Excerpt (August 22, 2007):
LINK
USPTO Current Fee Schedule (August 1, 2007): LINK

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