CELEBRATING 35 WONDERFUL YEARS

As Oliff PLC
Celebrates Its
35th Anniversary This Fall
We Thank Our Clients For Their Support
And Our Staff For Their Dedication
And Reflect On Past Achievements
While Looking Forward To The
Next 35 Years And Beyond

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of a Federal holiday. Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, September 4.

UPDATE: 10th Annual Intellectual Property Training Institute

IPTI UPDATE:

OLIFF PLC
is pleased to announce
we have a record number of attendees
who will be joining us for this year’s
10th Annual IPTI.

Our available seats are now filled to capacity and
we look forward to a very successful 2018 IPTI.
We wish to thank everyone
who has expressed an interest in our training program.

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of a Federal holiday. Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, May 29.

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of a federal holiday.  Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, February 20.

 

Holiday Closing (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of a federal holiday. Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, January 16.

NEW MEMBER

Oliff PLC is pleased to announce that Scott Strickland has become a Member of the Firm.  Congratulations Scott!

 

Season’s Greetings From Oliff PLC

Holiday Closing

Oliff PLC and the USPTO will be closed on Monday, January 1, 2018 in observance of a Federal holiday. Patent applications and other papers due in the USPTO, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and many U.S. District Courts on that day will be timely if filed on Tuesday, January 2.

USPTO Finalizes Patent Fee Increases for January 2018

Effective January 16, 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will increase certain patent fees.  According to the USPTO, the fee increases are designed to recover estimated costs of USPTO operations for patent prosecution and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), while also supporting the USPTO’s strategic goals “like pendency and backlog reduction, patent quality enhancements, technology modernization, staffing optimization, and financial sustainability.”

Below is a link to a table published by the USPTO showing the current and new, increased fees.  Filing, search, examination, and issue fees will increase by about 10% for utility patent applications.  For example, the basic filing, search, and examination fees for a large entity will increase a total of $120 (from $1,600 to $1,720), and the issue fee will increase $40 (from $960 to $1,000).  Design patent application fees will see a significantly larger increase.  The basic design patent filing, search, and examination fees for a large entity will increase a total of $200 (about a 26% increase from $760 to $960), and the design patent issue fee will increase $140 (from $560 to $700).  RCE fees will also increase from $1,200 to $1,300 for the first request, and $1,700 to $1,900 for the second and subsequent requests.

As expected, the most significant increases are found in the “Patent Trial and Appeal Fees.”  Notably, the base Inter Partes Review (IPR) Request Fee (for up to 20 claims) will increase by 72% from $9,000 to $15,500, and the IPR Post-Institution Fee (for up to 15 claims) will increase from $14,000 to $15,000.  Thus, the total base filing fees for an IPR will increase from $23,000 to $30,500.  Similarly, the base Post-Grant or Covered Business Method Review Request Fee will increase by 33% from $12,000 to $16,000, and the Post-Grant or Covered Business Method Review Post-Institution Fee will increase from $18,000 to $22,000.  In its press release, the USPTO explains that its actual costs for processing IPR requests “are consistently outpacing the fees collected for this service.”  Thus, these increases “are aimed at better aligning these fees with the USPTO’s costs and aiding the PTAB to continue to meet required AIA deadlines.”

Of course, any filings that can be completed in advance of January 16, 2018, will avoid these increases.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Table of Patent Fees – Current, Final Rule and Unit Cost