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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, was given the authority to set their own fees. These new fees set by the USPTO will be effective on March 19, 2013. Patent maintenance fees under this new system have significantly increased. Below are charts showing the current maintenance fees and new maintenance fees.


Current Patent Maintenance Fees  
 Large Entity 
 Small Entity  
Due at 3.5 years
Due at 7.5 years 
Due at 11.5 years


Patent Maintenance Fees -- March 19, 2013    
  Large Entity  
  Small Entity  
  Micro Entity  
Due at 3.5 years
Due at 7.5 years  
Due at 11.5 years  

If you have any patent maintenance fees due within the next 12 months, consideration should be given to paying the fees before March 19, 2013. You may be able to recognize a significant cost savings.

For more information, please contact:

Todd A. Benni


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