Increases in US Patent Office Fees Effective October 5, 2012

Planning on filing a utility application? Does it have more than 20 claims? File today before USPTO fees GO UP TOMORROW!

Actually, it’s not that bad. A new USPTO fee schedule will come into effect tomorrow, increasing certain fees by up to 3% due to inflation. Examples of some of the changes are:

• Increase to $390 from $380 for a basic utility filing fee.
• Increase to $62 from $60 for each claim over 20.
• Increase to $390 from $380 for the PCT national stage fee.

So don’t put off until tomorrow, those patent matters that you can do today. It can save you and your client…well, not that much.


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