On January 16, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) raised a number of fees that are estimated to increase annual revenue by about $400 million. For utility patents, the combined filing, search and examination fees increased from $1,600 to $1,720 for large entities. For every independent claim over three, the fee increased from $420 to $460; for each claim greater than 20, the fee increased from $80 to $100. The Issue fee also increased from $960 to $1,000.
The fee for a first Request for Continued Examination (RCE) increased from $1,200 to $1,300; for each subsequent RCE, the fee increased from $1,700 to $1,900. The Appeal Forwarding fee increased from $2,000 to $2,240. For National Stage entry into the U.S., the filing fee increased from $1,480 to $1,580. These fee increases are relatively modest, especially considering that the USPTO has not raised fees in over four years.