Takeaway: The USPTO has proposed a vast array of patent fee adjustments and has opened a 60-day window for public comment on the proposal.
On July 31, the USPTO announced that in order to maintain a “predictable and sufficient stream of funding,” it will be adjusting 295 patent fees. Some notable fee changes include the $300 patent application filing fee being increased to $320, as well a 20% increase to the issuing fee. For large businesses this is the $1,000 fee becoming $1,200, for small businesses, the fee will go from $500 to $600, and for micro-entities, from $250 to $300. Additionally, it would now cost a business seeking inter partes review $19,500 instead of $15,000.
The public comment period will be open for 60 days, with the changes likely to be finalized in 2020.