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Fee Proposal Comparison Chart
  Current
(with January CPI) 
Proposed
June 2002
Proposed
February 2003
Patent Filing Fees

   
Filing Original Patent Application
$750 $300 $300
Search Fee
    $500
Examination Fee
  $1,250
$200
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Total due at filing
$750
$300 $1,000*
PCT National Stage Fees (example)      

USPTO is neither IPEA nor ISA

$1,060 $1,550 $1,000**
Claims Fees      

Independent claims in excess of 3

$84 $160/ $320/ $640/ +1.25% $200

Claims in Excess of 20

$18 each, in groups of 5, $80/ $160/ $320/ $640 +125% $50
Patent Extension Fees (example)      

Extension for response within second month

$410
$660 $450
Patent Appeal Fees      

Notice of Appeal to Board of Appeals

$320 $520 $500

Filing a Brief in Support of an Appeal

$320
$1,730 $500

Request an Oral Hearing

$280 $460 $1,000
Pre Grant Publication      

Publication Fee

$300 $300 $300
Patent Issue Fees      

Issue of Original or Reissue Patent

$1,300 $1,660 $1,400
Patent Maintenance Fees      

First Stage Maintenance

$890 $900 $900

Second Stage Maintenance

$2,050 $3,000
$2,300

Third Stage Maintenance

$3,150 $5,000 $3,800
Total Patent Life-Cycle Costs      

Filing, Issue, and Maintenance Fees

$8,140
$12,110 $9,400
Filing, Issue, PG-Pub and Maintenance Fees
$8,440 $12,410 $9,700
Trademark Application Fees, per class
     

Paper Correspondence

$335
$375 $375

Electronic Correspondence

N.A.
$325 $325

Expedited Examination

N.A. $275 $275
* Refundable in part depending upon stage of express abandonment
** Refundable in part depending upon standing of prior search
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