New Lower Official Patent Fees Coming January 1, 2014 - Great News For Inventors

By: Michael J Foycik Jr. 
October 24, 2013
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Finally some very good news for inventors about government patent fees. Some of the new lower fees have been put into place. Other impressive fee reductions are on the way.

The micro entity fee schedule has already been implemented. For example, filing a new Utility patent application costs as low as $400. A Provisional Patent Application, or PPA, costs as little as $65. The previous fees, in effect earlier this year, were much higher.

Other fee reductions are even more impressive, and are scheduled to go into effect beginning on January 1, 2014. These include the Utility patent issue fee, reduced from the small entity fee of $980 currently to just $480 (small entity) or $240 (micro entity). Assignments will be recorded at no charge in that new fee schedule; currently the government fee is $40.