The USPTO proposes to increase patent fees in fiscal year 2020:
For example, the USPTO proposes (1) a practitioner fee: $240/year with continuing legal education (CLE) and $340 without CLE to defray the Office of Enrollment and Discipline's costs; (2) an increase of the maintenance and surcharge fees; and (3) an increase in inter partes review (IPR) petition and post institution fees to cover the work of ruling on the validity of each challenged claim as required by the US Supreme Court's holding in SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu.
See Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2020 for the USPTO presentation why many patent fees need to increase. Note some of the same IPR fees increased in January 2019.
The public has 56 days to comment on the fee proposal.
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