• How much does it cost to get a patent?

    Fees vary depending on the type of patent application you submit. Fees may also vary according to the way you "claim" your invention. More information on filing fees and the number and type of claims.

    There are three basic fees for utility patents:

    • The filing fee, which is non-refundable whether or not a patent is granted. (This is the cost to have your invention "examined" by the US Patent and Trademark Office - remember, you may or may not get a patent!)
    • The issue fee (you pay this only if your application is allowed)
    • Maintenance fees (paid at 3 1/2, 7 1/2, and 11 1/2 years after your patent is granted - these fees "maintain" your legal protection).
    • Additional fees may be required.

    You are strongly advised to check the current fee schedule before submitting your application.

  • What information is required on an invoice?

    The following correct information constitutes a proper invoice and is required as payment documentation:

    1. Name of vendor and invoice date (vendors are encouraged to date invoices as close as possible to the date of mailing or transmission).
    2. Purchase order number; assignment of an invoice number by the vendor is recommended.
    3. Description, price, and quantity of property and services actually delivered or rendered.
    4. Shipping and payment terms.
    5. Other substantiating documentation or information as required by the contract.
    6. Name (where practicable), title, telephone number, and complete mailing address.
  • Whom should I contact regarding any invoice-related questions?

    Please contact the Financial Accounting Division at 571-272-6400.

  • When will I receive payment for an invoice?

    In accordance with the Prompt Payment Act, the Office of Finance is committed to the timely payment of vendor invoices. Payment will be issued to the vendor by day 30 of the receipt date in the Office of Finance, or acceptance date, whichever is the later date.

  • How will I receive payment for an invoice?

    The USPTO is in full compliance with the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, and accordingly is required to pay all vendors by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). However, if you qualify for a waiver pursuant to 31 CFR Part 208.4, you can be paid by check.

  • How do I send an invoice to the USPTO?

    Invoices should be submitted:

    • By mail to:

      U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
      Mail Stop 17
      P.O. Box 1450
      Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
    • By fax to: 571 273-6400
  • What is a Deposit Account?

    For the convenience of attorneys, agents and the general public in paying fees for products and services, pre-paid deposit accounts may be established with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This eliminates the need to submit a check, credit card, or other payment type each time a fee is required. Further, in an instance of miscalculation of a fee due, the balance required may be charged to the account with authorization, thus preserving the filing date of the application.

  • Must I file a request for a refund within a certain period of time?

    Generally, any request for refund must be filed within two years from the date the fee was paid.  Refunds based on later establishment of small entity status must be filed within three months of the date of the timely payment of the full fee.

  • How long will it take to receive my refund?

    Generally, the USPTO will process the refund in about four to six weeks.

  • How will my refund payment be issued?

    Refunds will generally be issued in the same form in which the original payment was made.

  • How can I file a request for a refund if I made a payment by mistake or paid too much?

    Requests for refunds must be made by the original fee submitter, and should include the correct application or patent number, an explanation of why a refund is due, and supporting documentation.  Please note that a change of purpose after the payment of a fee (e.g., when you wish to withdraw a filing for which the fee was paid) is not a "fee paid by mistake" and will not entitle you to a refund of such fee.

    Requests for refunds should be faxed to 571-273-6500 (Attn:  Refund Branch) or mailed to:

    Mail Stop 16
    Director of the USPTO
    P.O. Box 1450
    Alexandria , VA 22313-1450

  • Will the patent/application/registration/order number appear on my bank account statement or credit card statement?

    For EFT and debit card transactions, the USPTO transmits the patent/application/registration/order number to your financial institution. Please contact your financial institution for more details. For credit card transactions, you must have a corporate or purchase credit card for the patent/application/registration/order number to appear on your monthly statement.

    Please contact your credit card company for details.

  • How can I view payment history information or search for payment transactions processed by the USPTO?

    The Financial Profile (FP) system provides you with secure, fast, and convenient access to payment history information anytime over the USPTO Web site. The FP system helps with reconciling your payment activities by providing detailed transaction information and reports for all fees paid to the USPTO.

    As a FP user, you are able to:

    • Create, activate, and maintain your unique FP account via a self-service registration process;
    • Add multiple payment types used at the USPTO to your FP account (e.g., credit card accounts, USPTO deposit accounts, and USPTO EFT accounts);
    • View/print detailed transaction information (e.g., patent/application number, attorney docket number, payment amount, fee code, and fee code description);
    • View/print/download (PDF and CSV files) monthly statements for each payment type registered; and
    • Search for specific transactions by attorney docket number (i.e., client matter number), application number, transaction type (e.g., sale or refund), and/or payment amount. Note: After adding a USPTO EFT account(s) to your FP, information for both EFT and paper check payments will be available since transactions processed are based on your banking information.
  • How do I make an EFT payment via the USPTO Web site?

    You must create an EFT profile containing a user ID, password, address, and banking information on the USPTO Web site at our Office of Finance On-Line Shopping page. Click on the "Create or Modify an EFT Profile" link and enter the appropriate information. Upon initially creating your EFT profile, the banking information provided will be verified by your bank. You will receive an e-mail from the USPTO approximately 7-8 business days later indicating the status of your EFT profile. If the banking information is successfully validated, the e-mail will indicate that your EFT profile has been activated and may be used to pay for most fees online using EFT.

    Please verify with your financial institution that EFT payments can be processed through your checking or savings account before creating an EFT profile. If you have an ACH/EFT block or filter on your account, your account must be set up properly and you must provide your financial institution with the USPTO's ACH company ID number before submitting EFT payments online. The USPTO's ACH company ID number is 1310000101 .

  • How do I send a wire payment to the USPTO?

    You may send your wire payment through the Federal Reserve Fedwire System by providing the below wire transfer information to your bank. Your bank may charge a fee, and your sending bank may use an intermediate bank to transfer the funds (and the intermediate bank may withhold their fee from the payment that is transmitted). Please ensure the full amount of the fee required in U.S. dollars is transmitted.

    You must provide the purpose of the wire payment and information that helps identify the transaction (e.g., patent maintenance fee, patent#, application#) in the appropriate field or line to ensure timely processing of your payment. Failure to provide the required information in the correct fields or lines may result in delays or rejection of your wire payment.

    Note: At this time, trademark fees cannot be submitted via a wire payment. (See the Trademark Fee Information page for acceptable methods of payment.)

    Instructions for sending a domestic wire payment to the USPTO:

    Fedwire Field Tag Fedwire Field Name Required Information
    {1510} Type/Subtype 1000
    {2000} Amount (enter payment amount)
    {3400} Receiver ABA Routing Number 021030004
    {3400} Receiver ABA Short Name
    (account is with the Federal Reserve
    Bank of New York)
    33 Liberty Street
    New York, NY 10045
    {3600} Business Function Code CTR     (or CTP)
    {4200} Beneficiary ID Code D
    {4200} Beneficiary Identifier (account number) 13100001
    {4200} Beneficiary Name USPTO
    2051 Jamieson Avenue, Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    {5000} Originator (enter your company name)
    {6000} Originator to Beneficiary Information
    (up to 4 lines of 35 characters each)
    (enter the brief purpose of payment and information that helps identify the transaction (e.g., maintenance fee, patent#, application#), and a phone number)

    Instructions for sending an international wire payment to the USPTO:

    Field Name Required Information
    (Beneficiary) Bank Number (Line 57a) //FW021030004
    Beneficiary Account Number (Line 59) 13100001
    Amount (enter payment amount)

    Payment Details (Line 70)

    (up to 4 lines of 35 characters each)

    13100001 USPTO

    (also enter the brief purpose of payment and information that helps identify the transaction (e.g., maintenance fee, patent#, application#), and a phone number)

    Details of Charges (Line 71a) Charge Our

    Important Notes:

    1. The above information should be transmitted from the remitter's bank to its U.S. Correspondent bank. The U.S. Correspondent bank will use the Fedwire system to complete the transfer.
    2. Bank Number (Line 57a) must be in the exact format above
    3. Beneficiary Account Number (Line 59) must be the USPTO's ALC of 13100001 or the payment will be returned.
    4. Details of Charges (Line 71a) must be coded as "Charge Our" to have any banking fees charged to the remitter and not deducted from the payment.
  • Which credit and debit cards are accepted by the USPTO?

    The USPTO accepts American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, and Visa® credit cards and MasterCard® and Visa® branded debit cards.

  • What is the maximum daily limit for credit card and debit card payments?

    There is a $49,999.99 daily limit per credit card account.  (Note:  This limit will decrease to $24,999.99 effective June 1, 2015.)  There is no daily limit for debit cards.

    All credit card and debit card payments are processed through the Department of the Treasury's Pay.gov system. The daily limit for credit cards is automatically enforced through the Pay.gov system. If cardholders exceed the daily limit, a message indicates that the maximum daily limit has been reached and the payment will be rejected.

    Existing alternatives for submitting large dollar payments are deposit account, electronic funds transfer (EFT) over the USPTO Website, and wire transfer.

    Related FAQs:

    • How do I make an EFT payment via the USPTO Web site?
    • How do I send a wire payment to the USPTO?
  • Are there any benefits if I make a payment electronically on the USPTO Web site?

    Yes! The benefits of paying fees electronically via the USPTO Web site are: eliminating the hassle of writing checks; saving on postage and mailing expenses; avoiding late payments; and reducing delays in processing the payments.

  • Who should I make a check, cashier's check, or money order payable to?

    All checks, cashier's checks, or money orders must be made payable to "Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office". (See 37 CFR 1.23(a).)

  • What methods of payment are accepted at the USPTO?

    Information is available on the Accepted Payment Methods page.





  • What is the filing fee for a trademark?

    Information is available on the Trademark FAQs page.

  • What is the USPTO's Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) D-U-N-S® Number?

    The USPTO's D-U-N-S® Number is 07-092-1085.

  • Do you have to pay maintenance fees on design or plant patents?

    No. Patent maintenance fees are only required for maintaining an original or reissue patent, except for a design or plant patent, based on an application filed on or after December 12, 1980.

  • What is meant by "small entity status" or "micro entity status"?

    For patents, if the owner of the invention qualifies as a small entity or micro entity, the filing, issue, and maintenance fees are reduced by 50 percent or 75 percent, respectively.

  • What is the filing fee to apply for a patent?

    Information is available on the Patent FAQs page.

  • Are my filing fees refundable if my patent application is not approved?

    No, filing fees are not refundable. The filing fee is not for a patent, but is a statutorily prescribed payment to the USPTO for services rendered in processing a complete application. This statutory fee is due upon filing of the application. For additional information, you may contact the USPTO Contact Center (UCC) and request to be transferred to the Inventors Assistance Center (IAC). IAC representatives are available Monday through Friday (except federal holidays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

  • Are USPTO fees subject to change?

    Yes, fees are subject to change. Information on any upcoming fee adjustment is made available on our Fees and Payments page.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about applying for a patent or trademark?

    You may call the USPTO Contact Center at 800-786-9199 or 571-272-1000.

    Additional contact information is available on this site at our Contact Us page.

  • What is the USPTO's Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)?

    The USPTO's Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is 53-0197085.