USPTO Hikes Patent Fees, Price Of AIA Reviews

Law360, New York (November 14, 2017, 4:36 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday finalized the first major overhaul of its patent fees in more than four years, releasing a plan that will significantly raise the cost of challenging a patent in American Invents Act reviews, among other things.

The patent office said the fee increases will help cover the office’s operational costs, which are expected to approach $3 billion this fiscal year. They will also be used to help the USPTO reduce its backlog and grow a reserve balance, among other...
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