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Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

USPTO Publishes Final Rule to Implement Micro Entity Provision in Federal Register

From Janet Gongola, Patent Reform Coordinator:

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, the agency published final rules in the Federal Register to implement the micro entity provision of the America Invents Act.  The final rules set forth the procedures for an applicant to claim micro entity status and to pay reduced patents fees as a micro entity.  The final rules also cover procedures for an applicant to notify the Office of the loss of micro entity status and to correct payments of patent fees erroneously paid in the micro entity amount.  The final rules will be effective on March 19, 2013.  Here is a link to the micro entity final rules in the Federal Register:

Micro Entity Final Rule (77 Fed. Reg. 75019, December 19, 2012)

An applicant who qualifies as a micro entity under the procedures outlined in the final rules will be eligible to pay reduced patent fees once the Office completes its fee setting rulemaking.  The fee setting rulemaking is currently ongoing and is projected to be complete in the Spring 2013.

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