On January 17, 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office reduced its filing fees for Federal Trademark Applications. The fees for online filing of TEAS Plus was reduced by $50 to $225 per class of goods or services.  The TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) Application is a new type of online application having a filing…

Introduction Many, if not most of you are probably aware of the newly enacted America Invents Act (AIA).  The AIA is major patent legislation that includes significant changes to American patent law.  It was signed into law on September 16, 2011.  This report provides a summary of the most important provisions that are included in…

The U.S. Commerce Department released yesterday a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus,” which finds that intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars to, or 34.8 percent of, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). “This first of its kind report…

The US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has provided a 50% reduction in patent application fees for “small entity” applicants.  The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”) created a new classification called a “micro entity”.  A micro entity is expected to pay fees discounted by 75%.  The discounted fees will apply to filing, searching, examination, issue,…

  In a financial move that could only make sense to Washington, DC politicians, the federal government, under H.R. 1473 (the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act) has cut $100 million from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Budget.  The move is purely political because the USPTO budget is derived directly from fees collected from inventors…

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