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USPTO Proposes Option for Delaying Non-Provisional Fee

Jim Ruttler, Patent Attorney

Posted Saturday, April 17, 2010 by Jim Ruttler

The USPTO has proposed and is seeking comment on an option to delay payment of some of the fees associated with a non-provisional patent application. Currently, non-provisional application fees must be paid upon filing or within a couple of months after filing with a surcharge. The new procedure would allow a small portion of the non-provisional filing fees to be paid initially with the remaining portion of the fees to be paid within 12 months. This new procedure, coupled with a filing of a provisional patent application, would allow a potential delay of 24 months for payment of a bulk of application filing fees. More information can be found at http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2010/10_10.jsp.

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