USPTO Proposes New Fees For 2009

In order to account for changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the United States Patent and Trademark Office, (USPTO) has proposed new fees for patent filings.  The fees generally reflect a 4% projected change in the CPI for 2009.  73 Fed. Reg. 31656 (June 3, 2008).  These new fees should go into effect on October 1, 2008.  The proposed changes in the patent fees are as follows. All other fees will generally remain unchanged.

Description

2008-2009

Proposed Fee

2007-2008

Fee

Basic filing fee – Utility

320.00

310.00

Utility Search Fee

530.00

510.00

Utility Examination Fee

220.00

210.00

Independent claims in excess of three

220.00

210.00

Claims in excess of 20

52.00

50.00

Basic filing fee – Design

220.00

210.00

Design Examination Fee

140.00

130.00

Basic filing fee – Reissue

320.00

310.00

Reissue Examination Fee

640.00

620.00

Reissue Search Fee

530.00

510.00

Provisional application filing fee

220.00

210.00

Utility issue fee

1500.00

1,440.00

Design issue fee

850.00

820.00

Statutory disclaimer

140.00

130.00

Extension for response within second month

470.00

460.00

Extension for response within third month

1080.00

1,050.00

Extension for response within fourth month

1690.00

1,640.00

Extension for response within fifth month

2300.00

2,230.00

Notice of appeal

530.00

510.00

Filing a brief in support of an appeal

530.00

510.00

Request for oral hearing

1070.00

1,030.00

Filing of PCT application-USPTO ISA-national stage

320.00

310.00

National Stage Search Fee – search report prepared and provided to USPTO

430.00

410.00

National Stage Search Fee – all other situations

530.00

510.00

National Stage Examination Fee – all other situations

220.00

210.00

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