USPTO Fee Increase, October 5 2012

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2012.

The USPTO is increasing fees for transacting business. Filing fees, extension fees and issuance fees will all go up a small amount on Friday, October 5.

For example, the small-entity new utility application fee will rise from $530 to $533 (including search, examination and filing fees). The small-entity fee for issuance will go from $870 to $885. Extension fees, which are paid when an Office Action response is filed more than three months after the mailing date of the Office Action, are also going up.

Some fees, such as the fee to enter the Track I program, the publication fee, the fee for a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) and the Terminal Disclaimer filing fee stay the same. These are less commonly incurred during prosecution. But the basic fees paid in just about every instance are all increasing.

All the rates above are set and collected by the USPTO and are subject to change at any time.

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