January 08, 2009

On January 1, 2009, seven USPTO patent fee changes became effective, including six fee decreases and only one fee increase. Each of these fee changes fall within the "PCT Fees to Foreign Offices" section of the USPTO fee schedule, and include fees applicable to filing PCT applications with the U.S. as a receiving office. A summary of the fee changes is as follows:

Fee Code 1701 – International filing fee (first 30 pages - filed in paper with PCT EASY zip file or electronically without PCT EASY zip file) – DECREASED from $1,237 to $1,119

Fee Code 1710 – International filing fee (first 30 pages) - filed electronically with PCT Easy zip file – DECREASED from $1,137 to $1,028

Fee Code 1702 – International filing fee (first 30 pages) – DECREASED from $1,338 to $1,210

Fee Code 1703 – Supplemental fee (for each page over 30) – DECREASED from $15 to $14 per page

Fee Code 1704 – International search (EPO) – DECREASED from $2,665 to $2,410

Fee Code 1709 – International search (KIPO) – INCREASED from $220 to $609

Fee Code 1708 – Sequence listing and/or sequence-related table on electronic medium only (PCT AI Section 801) – DECREASED from $6,000 to $5,600

The fee for selecting the USPTO as the searching authority remained unchanged at $1,800.

Current USPTO Fee Schedule (January 1, 2009): LINK
Prior USPTO Fee Schedule (December 17, 2008, cached): LINK

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