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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

$1,150

$575

Due at 7.5 years

2,900

1,450

Due at 11.5 years

4,810

2,405

 

 

Patent Maintenance Fees -- March 19, 2013   

  Large Entity 

  Small Entity 

  Micro Entity 

Due at 3.5 years

$1,600

$800

$400

Due at 7.5 years 

3,600

1,800

900

Due at 11.5 years 

7,400

3,700

1,850

 

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.

 

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