New Patent Fees May Impact Strategies

    View Author February 2013
    Effective March 19, 2013, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will implement a new patent prosecution fee schedule, raising many of the most common fees for patent prosecution and lowering others. As authorized by the America Invents Act (AIA), the PTO’s stated objective in implementing the new fee schedule is to achieve its “strategic and operational goals,” including reducing patent application backlog and decreasing patent application pendency.