America Invents Act Raises USPTO Fees September 26th

Last Friday, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act(AIA) into law. As discussed previously, one of the major changes that became effective immediately is the new standard for initiating inter partes patent reexamination. As the rush to beat the enactment deadline is now over, what other changes are on the immediate horizon at the USPTO?

Fee Increases.

For those with patent application filings of any kind due in the next few weeks, keep in mind that new 15% fee surcharge will take effect on September 26th (10th day after enactment). Note that the fees for filing a request for ex parte patent reexamination and inter partes patent reexamination remain unchanged. A schedule of the increased fees is found (here).

The USPTO has also posted a FAQ on the various provisions of the AIA. (here)