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PTO'S PROPOSED PATENT FEES    (pdf ver.)
Prepared by: Intellectual Property Owners Assoc. 06/24/2002

Fees Effective 10/01/2002 and Apply to Existing Applns & Patents

BASIC PAT. FEES CURRENT FEE PROPOSED FEE

Filing Fee

$ 740

$ 300

Examination Fee

N/A

1,250

Issue Fee

1,280

1,660

Maintenance - 1st

880

900

Maintenance - 2nd

2,020 3,000

 Maintenance - 3rd  

  3,100   5,000

Total for Basic Fees

$ 8,020

$ 12,110

(Proposed Total Fees 51% Higher)

     
     

GRADUATED FEES AFFECTING APPLICANTS' BEHAVIOR:

     
ITEM CURRENT FEE PROPOSED FEE

Sheets of Spec and Drawings > 50

None
 

Director to Prescribe Fee
 

Independent Claims > 3

 

$78/excess indep claim

 

$160 to $640 for 4th to 6th, and afterwards 125% more for each claim than for previous claim

Total Claims > 20


 

$18/excess claim


 

$80 per claim in excess of 20; $640 per claim in excess of 35; beyond 40 fee per claim rises 125% for each group of 5

Continuing Applications

 

None

 

Scale starting at $1,000 for appln claiming priority from more than 3 earlier applns

Claims Not Patentably Distinct


 

None



 

Scale starting at $10,680 for an appln with claims not patentably distinct from another appln or patent of applicant

 
 
 
 
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