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Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to set or increase certain trademark fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees will allow the USPTO to recover the aggregate estimated cost of Trademark operations, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) operations, and administrative services.
Prior to issuing the NPRM, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee notified the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) of the Office’s intent to set or adjust trademark fees. The TPAC held a public hearing in Alexandria, VA, on November 3, 2015. The TPAC released its report regarding the proposed fees on November 30, 2015. The USPTO posted a Federal Register Notice to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on possible adjustments to trademark application fees.
Under the NPRM, the new fees will further USPTO strategic objectives by better aligning fees with the full cost of products and services, protecting the integrity of the register by incentivizing more timely filing or examination of applications and other filings and more efficient resolution of appeals and trials, and promoting the efficiency of the process, in large part through incentivizing lower-cost electronic filing options. The proposed fee change will further strengthen the USPTO's core mission strategic goal of serving the public in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
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