New Patent Fees In Effect: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 enacted on December 8, 2004

Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed by the President and enacted into law on December 8, 2004. The Consolidated Appropriations Act revises certain patent application and maintenance fees; provides separate fees for a basic filing fee, a search fee, and an examination fee; and requires an additional fee for any patent application whose specification and drawings exceed 100 sheets of paper (application size fee). The new patent fees are now effective and will remain in effect during the remainder of fiscal year 2005 and during fiscal year 2006. The patent maintenance fee changes apply to any maintenance fee payment made on or after December 8, 2004, regardless of the filing or issue date of the patent for which the fee is submitted. The revised maintenance fees took effect on December 8, 2004. Thus, any maintenance fee paid at any time on (or after) December 8, 2004 is subject to the revised maintenance fee amounts set forth in the Consolidated Appropriations Act.


  • The fee chart is a little confusing. For a new utility application pay this: filing fee ($300) + search fee ($500) + examination fee ($200).
  • The AIPLA has a nice chart of most fees.
  • Download the new Fee Transmittal.