Volume 90 Issue 8 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: February 20, 2012

Intellectual Property: U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Proposes Huge Increase In Fees

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: patent fees, PTO, patent

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.

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