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Monday, April 15, 2013

Responding to USPTO's new Maintenance Fee Regime - Patent Law Blog (Patently-O)

Responding to USPTO's new Maintenance Fee Regime - Patent Law Blog (Patently-O):

On March 19, 2013, the USPTO's new fees became effective. The most notable changes were the maintenance fees due at three intervals: 3½, 7½ and 11½ years after patent issuance. At each interval, the fees increase with the new top-fee set at $7,400 -- a 50% increase over the old fee.
Hard to predict the overall effect of the increased fees, but it is a good bet that it will decrease the number of unexploited patents that are still active after 7.5 years.

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