By: Thomas Dunn
The USPTO has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking relating to the reduction of fees for trademark applications and trademark renewals filed electronically.
Currently the per-class fees for filing an application for registration of a trademark are set at $375 for filing a paper application, $325 for filing electronically using the regular Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) form, and $275 for filing electronically using TEAS Plus form, which involves additional requirements. The per-class fee for renewal of a trademark registration is currently $400.
The USPTO proposes to reduce by $50 the fee for an application filed using the regular TEAS application form from $325 to $275 per class if the applicant authorizes email communication and agrees to file all responses and other documents electronically during the prosecution of the application. This option will be known as a TEAS Reduced Fee (‘‘TEAS RF’’) application. The USPTO also proposes to reduce by $50 the fee for a TEAS Plus application for registration from $275 to $225 per class and reduce by $100 the fee for a TEAS application for renewal of a registration from $400 to $300 per class.
The filing fee of $375 per class for trademark applications filed on paper will not be changed. The filing fee of $400 per class for renewal of a trademark registration filed on paper will likewise not be changed.
The full notice is available here. The comment period closes on June 23, 2014. We expect the reduced fee structure will be implemented shortly thereafter.
Trademark attorneys at Morse, Barnes-Brown and Pendleton file every application and renewal electronically, authorize email communication with the USPTO, and file all responses and other documents electronically during the prosecution of an application. By meeting these requirements, we are positioned to help reduce filing costs for our clients. We invite you to talk with us about how we can meet your trademark needs in a cost-efficient manner.