MICRO-ENTITY DISCOUNTED FEES

Introduction The America Invents Act of 2012 is best known for establishing “the First Inventor to File” system.  However it also created or defined “Micro-Entities”.  Patent filing fees for micro-entities are discounted.  The discount is  75 percent of the fees paid by non small entities, i.e., entities have more than 500 employees.  Unfortunately the definition…

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Expediting Patent Examination

Introduction I typically estimate that the patent examination requires 2 or 3 years from filing to allowance of a patent.  However the duration of patent prosecution is often longer for applications pertaining to business methods, e-commerce and document processing. There are procedures to expedite or accelerate patent examination. The USPTO provides two options intended to expedite…

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AMERICA INVENTS ACT PART II

One of the new provisions of the America Invents Act is the new category of applicants termed “micro entities”.  The principal advantage of meeting the classification of a micro entity is that the USPTO fees are discounted 75%.  The operation of the micro entity provision is effective immediately (unlike many of the provisions of America…

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