The USPTO has published a new set of fee increase for patent prosecution based on inflation as calculated by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Although the exact rise in fees is not set, the PTO expects that the increase will be approximately 2.9% and become effective on October 1, 2012. The PTO interprets its CPI fee adjustment power as separate from its newfound fee setting authority provided in the America Invents Act of 2011. Thus, this increase will likely stack onto the proposed fee structure alterations that are expected to be finalized later this summer.
(RIN) RIN 0651–AC55.