Loren Donald Pearson

Loren Donald Pearson is a Registered Patent Attorney and a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Attorney.  He is a partner at Assouline & Berlowe, PA and leads its intellectual property group.  Read his profile

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Trademark Office Proposes Lower Filing Fees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a press release to accompany its proposed set of new rules that include lower filing fees for trademark applications.

The new rules propose to lower the government filing fees by $50 per class.  The reductions would reduce applicaitons filed by the online TEAS process from $325 per classs to $275 per class and TEAS+ applications from $275 to $225 per class.

Trademark renewals filed using the online TEAS system will drop from $400 to $300 as well.

Written comments on the rules are due by June 23, 2014.  The rules are expected to be finalized after that date unless a suprising comment is submitted.


Increased Patent Office Fees Efective October 5

The Department of Commerce increased the Patent Office fees by five percent (5%) to account for inflation.  Trademark fees are not changed.

The announcement in the CFR is available for reading.

The 10/05/2012 Fee List is also available.


New Patent Fee Schedule Announced by USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced its September 26, 2011 Fee Schedule.  The new schedule is effective on September 26, 2011.  A surcharge of 15% will be added to most patent fees.

A side-by-side comparison of prior and new patent fees is posted on the USPTO website.

The surcharge was provided by Section 11 of the recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA).  The surcharge fees are to be held for patent office expenses only and are not to be designated for other purposes.

Micro-entities will NOT be provided a 75% discount, at this time.  The AIA gives the USPTO the power to especially micro-entity discounts.  Rules regarding micro-entities are to be created before the reduction is enacted.  Small entities will continue to be entitled to 50% discounts on all fees.

Fees that are payable now with deadlines after September 26, 2011, can be paid before the deadline to avoid the surchage.



U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office

The NYTimes published an article titled, "U.S. Sets 21st-Century Goal: Building a Better Patent Office."


The article discuses the troubles the USPTO has faced since the Internet revolution in 1997 and the recent steps taken to cure them. 

The following are three improvements:

1.  Improved relations with Examiners' union to improve morale and retention including a revised quota system for Examiners.

2.  The opening of a satellite patent office in Detroit, Michigan.

3.  A proposed sliding filing fee that would allow applicants to pay more for a faster examination.

As I have already stated in this blog,  I am a big fan of USPTO Director Kappos's efforts.  I have already witnessed a drastic improvement in patent office examination speed as well as a willingness to consider arguments that was not available under the prior director.