Originally posted 2015-01-02 11:00:57.

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com

tm registrationOn December 17th the US Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) amended its regulation regarding certain trademark fees as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The changes will be effective on January 17th 2015 and will be included in the Federal Register Notice.

The USPTO and Trademark Public Advisory Committee (‘‘TPAC’’) determined what fees will be reduced in a non-exhaustive list :

  1. Fees will be reduced for Trademark, certification mark, collective membership mark, and collective trademark application for registration on both the principal and supplemental register by $50 for application filed by using the regular Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) application form. This reduction will be effective under the condition that applicants authorize email communication and file specified documents electronically throughout the application process.
  2. Fees will be reduced for TEAS Plus application for registration by $50 from $275 to $225 per class.
  3. Fees will be reduced for TEAS renewal application

The new regulation however maintains the $400 fee for application of renewal of a registration filed on paper.

According to USPTO this reform will enable to reduce trademark total fee collection and efficiency for both the USPTO and the customers. The main point of this regulation is the use of electronic application, this regulation is clearly encouraging customers to use the USPTO system.

USPTO explained that this new regulation is seen as an improvement as the increase of the volume of end-to-end electronic processing of trademark applications will create a greater efficiency for filing application and communication. Also, fees reduction will make filing for individual and small business more affordable and accessible.

For more information on the regulation you can consult it here :
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-16/pdf/2014-29413.pdf

Resources:
http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2014/12/17/uspto-reduces-fees-for-trademark-applications-and-renewals/id=52707/
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-16/pdf/2014-29413.pdf

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