by Dennis Crouch
Reminder - A new fee schedule begins October 5, 2012 that raises patent fees by 0–3% depending upon the fee. Thus, the issue fee for a utility patent is moving upward from $1,740 to $1,770, for example. This fee increase is designed to to account for inflation.
- Current Fees: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ope/fee092611.htm
- New Fees: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/qs/ope/fee100512.htm
This is a relatively minor change in fees and the fee structure. A much more substantial change will be implemented in the coming months (likely early 2013) once the USPTO finalizes its rules on AIA fee implementation. At that time, the micro entity fee discount will also become effective.