Beginning October 2, 2020, a breakdown of U.S. official fee increases

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Release time:2020-08-13

On August 3, 2020, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a final rule for patent fee adjustments, which will take effect on October 2, 2020.

 

Most of the costs of this adjustment are fine-tuning, but there are some exceptions, such:

 

1. The appearance accelerated review fee was increased from 900/450/225 to 1600/800/400, with the largest increase, with a direct increase of US $700 for large entities;

 

2. The certification fee for invention patent applications was increased from 1000/500/250 to 1200/600/300, with an increase of US $200 for large entities;

 

3. The annual late fee was increased from 160/80/40 to 500/250/125, with an increase of US $340 for large entities.

 

In order to achieve reasonable cost savings, applicants may consider paying the relevant fees before October 2, 2020, with the following detailed adjustments:

 

1. invention patent

 

Name of fee

Current Cost (USD)

Large Entity/Small Entity/Micro Entity

Adjusted (USD)

Large Entity/Small Entity/Micro Entity

Increase (USD)

Large Entity/Small Entity/Micro Entity

Application stage

Application fee

300/150/75

320/160/80

20/10/5

Retrieval fee

660/330/165

700/350/175

40/20/10

Review fee

760/380/190

800/400/200

40/20/10

Total

1720/860/430

1820/910/455

100/50/25

Certification stage

Certification fee

1000/500/250

1200/600/300

200/100/50

Other expenses

More than 3 unique rights, each

460/230/115

480/240/120

20/10/5

Multiple Citation Claims

820/410/205

860/430/215

40/20/10

IDS Submit

240/120/60

260/130/65

20/10/5

1 month extension fee

200/100/50

220/110/55

20/10/5

2 Months Extension Fee

600/300/150

640/320/160

40/20/10

3 Months Extension Fee

1400/700/350

1480/740/370

80/40/20

Statutory disclaimer, including end-of-term waiver of protection

160

170

10

1st RCE fee

1300/650/325

1360/680/340

60/30/15

2nd RCE fee

1900/950/475

2000/1000/500

100/50/25

Request Invention Priority Review

4000/2000/1000

4200/2100/1050

200/100/50

Recovery fee

2000/1000/500

2100/1050/525

100/50/25

3.5 Annual Fee

1600/800/400

2000/1000/500

400/200/100

7.5 Annual Fee

3600/1800/900

3760/1880/940

160/80/40

11.5 Annual Fee

7400/3700/1850

7700/3850/1925

300/150/75

Additional Fee -3.5 Years Annual Fee-Within 6 Months

160/80/40

500/250/125

340/170/85

Additional Fee -7.5 Years Annual Fee-Within 6 Months

160/80/40

500/250/125

340/170/85

Additional Fee -11.5 Years Annual Fee-Within 6 Months

160/80/40

500/250/125

340/170/85

 

2. appearance patent

 

Name of fee

Current Cost (USD)

Large Entity/Small Entity/Micro Entity

Adjusted (USD)

Large Entity/Small Entity/Micro Entity

Increase (USD)

Large Entity/Small Entity/Micro Entity

Application stage

Application fee

200/100/50

220/110/55

20/10/5

Retrieval fee

160/80/40

160/80/40

unchanged

Review fee

600/300/150

640/320/160

40/20/10

Total

960/480/240

1020/510/255

60/30/15

Certification stage

Certification fee

700/350/175

740/370/185

40/20/10

Other expenses

Appearance expedited review

900/450/225

1600/800/400

700/350/175