Effective September 26, 2011, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office fees will increase. The increase comes as a result of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which President Obama signed into law on September 16, 2011.
At this time, increased fees will apply to patent matters only. As of September 26, 2011, trademark processing fees will remain the same. Many patent fees are expected to increase by 15%.
According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the new law will afford more certainty for patent applicants and owners, and provide the USPTO the resources needed to operate efficiently and issue high-quality patents. Implementation of the new law will occur over a period of months, and our USPTO team will seek input and provide updates all along the way.
The current fee schedule may be found here.
The new fee schedule, going into effect on September 26, 2011, may be found here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Otherwise, check back here for future updates.