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USPTO wants to lower most trademark filing fees



Michael Loney, Hong Kong


The USPTO has proposed to reduce fees for trademark filings that are done electronically. Deborah Cohn, Commissioner for Trademarks at the Office, explained during the UPSTO Users session yesterday that the aim is to lower costs and promote efficiency for customers.

Last Friday the USPTO issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to reduce fees for many trademark applications and most renewals of registrations. It also proposed a new Trademark Electronic Application System Reduced Fee (TEAS RF).

The fee for a new application filed using the regular Trademark Electronic Application System application form would be reduced to $275 per class from $325 if the applicant files the application completely electronically. The fee for a new application filed using the TEAS Plus option would be reduced to $225 per class from $275. The fee for an application for renewal of a registration submitted through TEAS would be reduced to $300 per class from $400.

The filing fees for trademark applications and renewals filed on paper will remain unchanged. “The fee for Madrid filings is also staying the same,” Cohn clarified.


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