An acknowledgement email confirming receipt will be sent to the email address provided on the request. It generally takes about one month for the appropriate program area to process refund requests, and a decision letter indicating the outcome will be sent to the mailing address provided on the request.
How will I receive the refund if my request is approved?
We will generally issue the refund in the same form in which the original payment was made.
For patents where micro entity status is later established, can I obtain a refund of a portion of the fees paid?
No, since a fee may be paid in the micro entity amount only if it is submitted with, or subsequent to, the submission of a certification of entitlement to micro entity status.
Refund of patent paper filings fees during designated significant system outages
A separate webpage has been created with information for completing alternative electronic filing and requesting a refund. This page includes Federal Register Notice 83 FR 44264 detailing the procedure and the required USPTO form to use.
Trademark fee refunds
Trademark fees are generally not refunded by the USPTO. Trademark customers should refer to the Trademark fee information page for additional information prior to submitting a refund request.