Issue Date: February 20, 2012
Intellectual Property: U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Proposes Huge Increase In Fees
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) is proposing substantial increases in many of the fees it charges for its services, including a nearly 50% increase in patent application fees.
Congress passed patent reform legislation (H.R. 1249) last year that gives PTO authority for the first time to set its own fees and keep all of the revenue collected from patent and trademark applicants.