Refund information

Patent and trademark fees that have been paid generally cannot be refunded, and the payment method that was used cannot be changed afterwards. In very limited situations, a refund of fees paid may be allowed.  Carefully review the information provided below prior to submitting a refund request. (Note that a change of purpose after paying a fee will not entitle a party to a refund of such fee.  When an applicant or patentee takes an action “by mistake” (e.g., files an application or maintains a patent “by mistake”), the payment of fees is not a “fee paid by mistake” and a refund is not allowed.)


If you need assistance, please contact the Refund Branch at 571-272-6500 or