The USPTO sets and adjusts patent fees as authorized by the American Invents Act (AIA). The fees are set and adjusted to be sufficient to pay for operations, reduce backlog, improve patent quality, and upgrade IT infrastructure. See Final Rules Notice Federal Register Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees. Surprisingly, many categories of patent fees decrease on January 1, 2014:
USPTO fee schedule through December 31, 2013
USPTO fee schedule effective January 1, 2014.
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