November 13, 2008

Yesterday, the USPTO announced that it is revising its rules of practice to adjust Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) transmittal and search fees. As summarized in the USPTO announcement and provided in detail within the Federal Register (links below), the PCT transmittal fee (37 C.F.R. § 1.445(a)(1)) will be decreasing from $300.00 to $240.00, while the PCT search fee (37 C.F.R. § 1.445(a)(2)) where the USPTO acts as the International Searching Authority (ISA) on the application will increase from $1,800.00 to $2,080.00. The supplemental search fee with the U.S. as the ISA (37 C.F.R. § 1.445(a)(3)) will also increase from $1,800.00 to $2,080.00 per additional invention identified. These fee changes will apply to all PCT applications received on or after January 12, 2009, and for most PCT applications, an applicant will see an increase of $220.00 per application at the time of filing ($280.00 increase in search fee and $60.00 decrease in transmittal fee).

USPTO Announcement: LINK
Federal Register Excerpt (PDF): LINK

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