Patent and Trademark Office November 14, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017
Document Number: 2017-24390
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) sets or adjusts patent fees as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Act or AIA). The USPTO operates like a business in that external and internal factors affect the demand for patent products and services. The fee adjustments are needed to provide the Office with a sufficient amount of aggregate revenue to recover its aggregate cost of patent operations (based on current projections), while maintaining momentum towards achieving strategic goals.