USPTO Updates Fee Schedule, But Does Not Yet Offer Micro Entity Discount

By Donald Zuhn — In anticipation of yesterday's implementation of the 15% surcharge on certain patent fees pursuant to § 11 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a press release and Federal Register notice (76 Fed. Reg. 59115) last week regarding the patent fees changes. In the Federal Register notice, the Office indicated that a revised fee schedule had been made available (as we noted last week), and that the revised fee schedule included the 15% surcharge, prioritized examination fee, and additional fee for applications not filed electronically that are set forth in…

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