The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0), which had been scheduled to expire on December 14, 2013, has been extended through September 30, 2014. The terms of the AFCP 2.0 program, as implemented May 13, 2013, are unchanged. Visit www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/afcp.jsp to learn more about AFCP 2.0.
03 December 2013
On January 1, 2014, the USPTO will implement some new fees, including some significant fee decreases. Here are some highlights:
- Issue fee: from $1,780 to $960
- Reissue fee: from $1,780 to $960
- Design issue fee: from $1020 to $560
- Publication fee: eliminated (from $300 to $0)
- Assignment recordation fee, electronic: eliminated (from $40 to $0)
Small and micro entity fee still apply to the above. Reductions for various fees for new PCT applications will also be implemented, as well as reductions for small and micro entities.
31 October 2013
The USPTO posts on its website (www.uspto.gov) that it will remain open during the government shutdown:
“During the general government shutdown that began October 1, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open, using prior year reserve fee collections to operate as usual for approximately four weeks. We continue to assess our fee collections compared to our operating requirements to determine how long we will be able to operate in this capacity during a general government shutdown. We will provide an update as more definitive information becomes available.
Should we exhaust these reserve funds before the general government shutdown comes to an end, USPTO would shut down at that time, although a very small staff would continue to work to accept new applications and maintain IT infrastructure, among other functions.”
01 October 2013