Some Sticker Shock Over USPTO Fee-Setting Proposals
February 22, 2012, 1:14 PM EST
Law360, New York (February 22, 2012, 1:14 PM EST) -- On Feb. 15, 2012, the Public Patent Advisory Committee held its first public hearing on the fee-setting proposals recently released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The proposals are the result of new authority granted under the American Invents Act, allowing the USPTO to set its own fees, so long as the aggregate fees charged recover the aggregate expenses of the USPTO.
While some of the proposed fees represent a drop by as much as 50 percent, many more fees will be increased, some by...