Micro Entity Status: What is our firm’s policy?

Why does micro entity status matter? USPTO patent fees are generally proportionate to the size of the applicant. A large entity with over 500 employees must pay the full rate. A small entity pays 50% of the full rate. A micro entity pays only 25% of the full rate, which is a 75% discount off […]

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What are excess claims fees and multiple dependent fees?

What are excess claims? Excess claims fees come into play only in a US nonprovisional patent application. The USPTO initial filing fees for a utility non-provisional application include the basic filing fee, search fee and examination fee. These standard initial filing fees allow an applicant to file up to 20 claims, of which 3 may […]

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