Certain Significant USPTO Fees Will be Decreasing on January 1, 2014
December 13, 2013,
Beginning January 1, certain USPTO fees will be significantly reduced, including issue and publication fees. For large entities, issue fees for: a) Utility and Reissue patent applications will be reduced from $1780 to $960; b) design patent applications will be reduced from $1020 to $560; and c) plant patent applications will be reduced from $1400 to $760. In addition, the $300 fee covering publication for early, voluntary or normal publication will be eliminated.
Certain PCT international stage fees will also be reduced in the sense that they will be subject to small entity and micro entity rates. The fees that will be subject to small and micro entity rates are as follows: transmittal fee; search fee; supplemental search fee; fee for transmitting application to international bureau to act as receiving office; preliminary examination fees; supplemental examination fees; and late payment fee.