USPTO Proposes Patent Fees Adjustments

Written August 1, 2019

The US Patent and Trademark Office on July 31, 2019, issued a federal register notice where it proposes to adjust patent fees; specifically, making several targeted fee adjustments in addition to an approximately five percent across the board increase to the fees. 84 Fed. Reg. 37398.

USPTO Fee Adjustments (4)

According to the Federal Register notice, “[t]his proposed rule is needed because actual fee collections have not materialized as expected in the January 2018 Final Rule, projected fee collections have been lowered as a result, and critical costs to the Office continue to increase.”

USPTO Fee Adjustments (2)

USPTO Fee Adjustments (1)

The Office intends to issue a final rule on fee changes in fiscal year 2020 after receipt and analysis of public comments. Full details can be read in the 2019-15727.

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