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#003: USPTO Fee Setting Proposal Reactions (9/13/2019)

As the IP community digests the USPTO's proposal to adjust patent-related fees, we met with two experts,  Kenneth Nigon and Angela Sebor, to discuss their reactions to the proposed changes. 

This summer the USPTO published a proposal to adjust patent-related fees and the reaction has been mixed. With a few exceptions, existing fees are increased in the range of 5% to 10%. Other notable proposed fees include the request for expedited examination of a design application, which would jump from $900 to $2,000; a new “Non-DOCX Filing Surcharge” of $400; a $250 fee for non-registered practitioners to appear before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; and an “annual active patent practitioner fee” of $340 without CLE, $240 with CLE, or $70 voluntarily inactive fee.

Hosted by Gary Lee, produced by Kemahl Franklyn. 

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