Based upon the fee setting authority provided in Section 10 of the America Invents Act (AIA), the USPTO has now issued final rules to reduce fees for patent reexamination and post grant proceedings of the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB). The new fees are discounted from existing rates, and take effect on March 19, 2013. (final rules here)
The fees for PTAB proceedings will be broken up into petition and trial phases. The apportionment enables the office to more precisely calibrate costs so that refunds may be provided, where appropriate. The petition portion of the fees correspond to the cost of considering the petition filing. The trial portion of the fees corresponds to the cost of conducting the trial.
A more detailed explanation of the fee changes is provided below. Read the rest of this entry »