USPTO Proposes Trademark Fee Reduction

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proposes reducing certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA” or “Act”). The proposed reductions will reduce total trademark fee collections and promote efficiency for the USPTO and customers. This proposal, is geared towards achieving the strategic objective of USPTO, which is to increase the end-to-end electronic processing of trademark applications including online filing, electronic file management, with built-in workflow.

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USPTO proposed the following:

  • Reduce the fee for a Trademark application filed using the regular TEAS application form by $50 to $275 per class. A pre-condition for this is that the applicant must authorize for email communication and agree to file all responses and documents electronically during the prosecution of the application. This option will be known as a TEAS Reduced Fee (“TEAS RF”) application.
  • Reduce $50 the fee for a TEAS Plus application to $225 per class
  • Reduce fee for TEAS renewal by $100, to bring registration to $300 per class.

The Fee reductions will be implemented in accordance with the America Invents Act (AIA) and will come into effect beginning in January 2015.

For additional details refer to the Federal Register – Action: – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

 

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