The US PTO has recently
issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it proposes to reduce fees for
many new trademark applications and renewals of issued registrations.
Interested persons can provide comments regarding this the proposed rulemaking
notice by June 23, 2014.
The complete press
release by the US PTO on the proposed fee reduction proposal is reproduced
For information on US PTO
trademark filings and related trademark protection issues, please contact our
Trademark Partner, Terrence J. McAllister.
USPTO Proposes Reducing Certain
Trademark Fees To Lower Costs And Promote Efficiency For Customers
USPTO also proposes new TEAS Reduced Fee
The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
today issued a
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
proposing to reduce fees for many new trademark applications and most renewals
of registration. USPTO also proposes a new Trademark Electronic Application
System Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) filing option in addition to reducing filing fees
for both applications filed using the current TEAS Plus option and applications
for renewal of a registration filed through TEAS.
"The proposed fee reductions advance the USPTO’s core mission of serving the
public in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible,” said Deputy
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the
USPTO Michelle K. Lee. “Lower fees will lessen the burden for entrepreneurs to
obtain the crucial trademark protection they need to grow their businesses,
while increased electronic processing improves agency efficiency.”
Prior to issuing the NPRM, the USPTO published a notice of inquiry to provide
the public with an opportunity to comment on possible adjustments to trademark
application fees. Public comments overwhelmingly favored a fee reduction with
many expressing a desire for a lower-cost electronic filing option without any
restrictions on the nature of the identification of goods and services, as is
required under TEAS Plus.
Under the NPRM, the fee for a new application filed using the regular
Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS)
application form will be reduced $50, from the current fee of $325 to $275 per
class, if the applicant authorizes e-mail communication with the USPTO and
agrees to file documents electronically during the prosecution of the
application. The fee for a new application filed via the existing
TEAS Plus option will be reduced $50, from
the current fee of $275 to $225 per class. The fee for an application for
renewal of a registration submitted via TEAS will be reduced $100, from $400 per
class to $300 per class while the filing fees for trademark applications and
renewals filed on paper will remain unchanged. Further information about the
proposed rules and instructions for submitting comments may be found in the
Federal Register Notice.