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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is reducing fees that applicants must pay in order for their applications to issue as patents. Large entities currently pay $2,080 after receiving a notice of allowance for an application to issue as a patent. That fee includes the issue fee of $1,780 and a publication fee of $300. Effective January 1, 2014, the issue fees will be reduced and the publication fee will be eliminated. The new fees will be:

Patent Type 

Large Entity 

Small Entity 

Micro Entity 

Utility or Reissue

$960

$480

$240

Design

$560

$280

$140

Plant

$760

$380

$190

The USPTO is also eliminating the fee to record a patent assignment. After January 1, 2014, there will not be a fee to record an assignment if the assignment is submitted electronically. The fee will remain at $40 if the document is not recorded electronically.

Issue fees are due three months from the date the notice of allowance is issued. Therefore, for notice of allowances received after October 1, 2013, applicants may consider waiting to pay the issue fee until after January 1, 2014, in order to take advantage of the fee reductions and reduce the costs associated with their intellectual property.

For more information, please contact:

Scott M. Slaby
216.430.2017
sslaby@mcdonaldhopkins.com

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