U.S. Patent Office Fees Increase In Mid-January 2018

Effective Tuesday, January 16, 2018, many patent fees at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be increased.

Fees to be hiked up include submission of an Information Disclosure Statement from $180 to $240; forwarding an appeal in an application or Ex parte reexamination from $2,000 to $2,240, and the filing, search and examination fees for a utility patent from $1,600 to $1,720, for large entities and corresponding increases for small and micro-entities.

The fee for requesting an inter partes review of up to 20 claims will be hit with a whopping $6,500 increase to $15,500.  Likewise, other AIA Trial fees will face an increase ranging from 7% to 50%.

The complete spreadsheet is available at the Patent Office website at 2018 PTO Fee Increases.

Sam Burkholder is a member and intellectual property attorney at Capitol City TechLaw.  His practice covers a range of issues, including patent prosecution and counseling.  He can be reached at sburkholder@capcitytechlaw.com.