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Today a reader emailed a comment regarding my last post on USPTO patent application fees. He wanted to know why I claim the government fee for a non-provisional utility patent application is $400 (micro entity status) when the USPTO fee schedule says the basic filing fee is only $70. He is correct that the basic filing fee is $70, but at the time you file your patent application you also have to pay the utility search fee and the utility examination fee. For a non-provisional utility patent (micro entity status) these three fees add up to $400.

The same "three fee" formula is used for utility patent applications with small entity status and standard status, totaling $800 and $1600, respectively.

To find the total government fee for design patent applications, add up the design basic filing fee, design search fee, and design examination fee.

Provisional utility patent applications only have one government fee to worry about, the provisional application filing fee.


The current (2013) USPTO fee schedule can be found here.

 

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