37 CFR 1.17: Patent application and reexamination processing fees

Taken from the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised in November 2015

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1.17    Patent application and reexamination processing fees.

  • (a) Extension fees pursuant to § 1.136(a):
    • (1) For reply within first month:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$50.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$100.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......$200.00
    • (2) For reply within second month:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$150.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$300.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......$600.00
    • (3) For reply within third month:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$350.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$700.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......$1,400.00
    • (4) For reply within fourth month:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$550.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$1,100.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......$2,200.00
    • (5) For reply within fifth month:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$750.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$1,500.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......$3,000.00
  • (b) For fees in proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, see § 41.20 and § 42.15 of this title.
  • (c) For filing a request for prioritized examination under § 1.102(e):
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$1,000.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$2,000.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......$4,000.00
  • (d) For correction of inventorship in an application after the first action on the merits:
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$150.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$300.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......$600.00
  • (e) To request continued examination pursuant to § 1.114:
    • (1) For filing a first request for continued examination pursuant to § 1.114 in an application:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$300.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$600.00
      • By other than a small entity......$1,200.00
    • (2) For filing a second or subsequent request for continued examination pursuant to § 1.114 in an application:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$425.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$850.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......$1,700.00
  • (f) For filing a petition under one of the following sections which refers to this paragraph:
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$100.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......200.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......400.00

    § 1.36(a) —for revocation of a power of attorney by fewer than all of the applicants.

    § 1.53(e) —to accord a filing date.

    §1.182 —for decision on a question not specifically provided for in an application for patent.

    § 1.183 —to suspend the rules in an application for patent.

    § 1.741(b) —to accord a filing date to an application under §1.740 for extension of a patent term.

    § 1.1023—to review the filing date of an international design application.

  • (g) For filing a petition under one of the following sections which refers to this paragraph:
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$50.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......100.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......200.00

    § 1.12 —for access to an assignment record.

    §1.14 —for access to an application.

    § 1.46 —for filing an application on behalf of an inventor by a person who otherwise shows sufficient proprietary interest in the matter.

    § 1.55(f) —for filing a belated certified copy of a foreign application.

    § 1.55(g) —for filing a belated certified copy of a foreign application.

    § 1.57(a) —for filing a belated certified copy of a foreign application.

    §1.59 —for expungement of information.

    § 1.103(a) —to suspend action in an application.

    § 1.136(b) —for review of a request for extension of time when the provisions of § 1.136(a) ) are not available.

    § 1.377 —for review of decision refusing to accept and record payment of a maintenance fee filed prior to expiration of a patent.

    § 1.550(c) —for patent owner requests for extension of time in ex parte reexamination proceedings.

    §1.956 —for patent owner requests for extension of time in inter partes reexamination proceedings.

    § 5.12 —for expedited handling of a foreign filing license.

    § 5.15 —for changing the scope of a license.

    § 5.25 —for retroactive license.

  • (h) For filing a petition under one of the following sections which refers to this paragraph:
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$35.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$70.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......$140.00

    § 1.19(g) —to request documents in a form other than provided in this part.

    § 1.84 —for accepting color drawings or photographs.

    § 1.91 —for entry of a model or exhibit.

    § 1.102(d) —to make an application special.

    § 1.138(c) —to expressly abandon an application to avoid publication.

    §1.313 —to withdraw an application from issue.

    §1.314 —to defer issuance of a patent.

  • (i) Processing fees.
    • (1) For taking action under one of the following sections which refers to this paragraph:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$35.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......70.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......140.00

      § 1.28(c)(3) —for processing a non-itemized fee deficiency based on an error in small entity status.

      § 1.29(k)(3) —for processing a non-itemized fee deficiency based on an error in micro entity status.

      § 1.41(b) —for supplying the name or names of the inventor or joint inventors in an application without either an application data sheet or the inventor's oath or declaration, except in provisional applications.

      §1.48 —for correcting inventorship, except in provisional applications.

      § 1.52(d) —for processing a nonprovisional application filed with a specification in a language other than English.

      § 1.53(c)(3) —t[sic] convert a provisional application filed under § 1.53(c) into a nonprovisional application under § 1.53(b).

      §1.71(g)(2) —for processing a belated amendment under § 1.71(g).

      § 1.102(e) —for requesting prioritized examination of an application.

      § 1.103(b) —for requesting limited suspension of action, continued prosecution application for a design patent (§ 1.53(d) ).

      § 1.103(c) —for requesting limited suspension of action, request for continued examination (§ 1.114 ).

      § 1.103(d) —for requesting deferred examination of an application.

      § 1.291(c)(5) —for processing a second or subsequent protest by the same real party in interest.

      §3.81 —for a patent to issue to assignee, assignment submitted after payment of the issue fee.

    • (2)
      For taking action under one of the following sections which refers to this paragraph:......$130.00
      • §1.217 —for processing a redacted copy of a paper submitted in the file of an application in which a redacted copy was submitted for the patent application publication.
      • §1.221 —for requesting voluntary publication or republication of an application.
  • (j) [Reserved]
  • (k) For filing a request for expedited examination under § 1.155(a):
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$225.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$450.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......$900.00
  • (l) [Reserved]
  • (m) For filing a petition for the revival of an abandoned application for a patent, for the delayed payment of the fee for issuing each patent, for the delayed response by the patent owner in any reexamination proceeding, for the delayed payment of the fee for maintaining a patent in force, for the delayed submission of a priority or benefit claim, for the extension of the twelve-month (six-month for designs) period for filing a subsequent application (§§ 1.55(c), 1.55(e), 1.78(b), 1.78(c), 1.78(e), 1.137, 1.378, and 1.452 ), or for filing a petition to excuse applicant's failure to act within prescribed time limits in an international design application (§ 1.1051):
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a)) or micro entity (§ 1.29)......$850.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......1,700.00
  • (n) [Reserved]
  • (o) For every ten items or fraction thereof in a third-party submission under § 1.290:
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a)) or micro entity (§ 1.29)......$90.00
    • By other than a small entity......$180.00
  • (p) For an information disclosure statement under § 1.97(c) or (d):
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$45.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$90.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......$180.00
  • (q)
    Processing fee for taking action under one of the following sections which refers to this paragraph......$50.00
    § 1.41 —to supply the name or names of the inventor or inventors after the filing date without a cover sheet as prescribed by § 1.51(c)(1) in a provisional application.

    § 1.48 —for correction of inventorship in a provisional application.

    § 1.53(c)(2) —to convert a nonprovisional application filed under § 1.53(b) to a provisional application under § 1.53(c).

  • (r) For entry of a submission after final rejection under § 1.129(a):
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$210.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$420.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......$840.00
  • (s) For each additional invention requested to be examined under § 1.129(b):
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$210.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$420.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......$840.00
  • (t)
    For filing a petition to convert an international design application to a design application under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16 (§ 1.1052):......$180.00.
[Added 47 FR 41273, Sept. 17, 1982, effective Oct. 1, 1982; para. (h), 48 FR 2708, Jan. 20, 1983, effective Feb. 27, 1983; para. (h), 49 FR 13461, Apr. 4, 1984, effective June 4, 1984; para. (h), 49 FR 34724, Aug. 31, 1984, effective Nov. 1, 1984; paras. (e), (g), (h) and (i), 49 FR 48416, Dec. 12, 1984, effective Feb. 11, 1985; paras. (h), (n) and (c), 50 FR 9379, Mar. 7, 1985, effective May 8, 1985; 50 FR 31824, Aug. 6, 1985, effective Oct. 5, 1985; paras. (a)-(m), 54 FR 6893, Feb. 15, 1989, 54 FR 9431, March 7, 1989, effective Apr. 17, 1989; para. (i)(1), 54 FR 47518, Nov. 15, 1989, effective Jan. 16, 1990; paras. (a)-(o), 56 FR 65142, Dec. 13, 1991, effective Dec. 16, 1991; para. (i)(1), 57 FR 2021, Jan. 17, 1992, effective March 16, 1992; para. (p) added, 57 FR 2021, Jan. 17, 1992, effective March 16, 1992; para. (i)(1), 57 FR 29642, July 6, 1992, effective Sept. 4, 1992; corrected 57 FR 32439, July 22, 1992; paras. (b)-(g), (j), and (m)-(o), 57 FR 38190, Aug. 21, 1992, effective Oct. 1, 1992; para. (h), 58 FR 38719, July 20, 1993, effective Oct. 1, 1993; paras. (b)-(g), (j) and (m)-(p), 59 FR 43736, Aug. 25, 1994, effective Oct. 1, 1994; paras. (h) & (i) amended and paras. (q)-(s) added, 67 FR 20195, Apr. 25, 1995, effective June 8, 1995; paras. (b)-(g), (j), (m)-(p), (r) & (s) amended, 60 FR 41018, Aug. 11, 1995, effective Oct. 1, 1995; paras. (b)-(g), (j), (m)-(p), (r) and (s) amended, 61 FR 39585, July 30, 1996, effective Oct. 1, 1996; paras. (b)-(g), (j), (m)-(p), (r) & (s) amended, 62 FR 40450, July 29, 1997, effective Oct. 1, 1997; paras. (a) - (d), (h), (i) & (q) revised, paras. (e)-(g) reserved, 62 FR 53131, Oct. 10, 1997, effective Dec. 1, 1997; para. (q) corrected, 62 FR 61235, Nov. 17, 1997, effective Dec. 1, 1997; paras. (a)-(d), (l) and (m) revised, 63 FR 67578, Dec. 8, 1998, effective Nov. 10, 1998; paras. (r) and (s) revised, 63 FR 67578, Dec. 8, 1998, effective Dec. 8, 1998; paras. (r) and (s) revised, 64 FR 67774, Dec. 3, 1999, effective Jan. 10, 2000; para. (e) added and para. (i) revised, 65 FR 14865, Mar. 20, 2000, effective May 29, 2000 (adopted as final, 65 FR 50092, Aug. 16, 2000); paras. (a)-(e), (m), (r) and (s) revised, 65 FR 49193, August 11, 2000, effective October 1, 2000; paras. (h), (i), (k), (l), (m), (p), and (q) revised, 65 FR 54604, Sept. 8, 2000, effective Nov. 7, 2000; heading and paras. (h), (i), (l), (m) and (p) revised, 65 FR 57024, Sept. 20, 2000, effective Nov. 29, 2000; para. (t) added, 65 FR 57024, Sept. 20, 2000, effective Nov. 29, 2000; paras. (a)-(e), (r) and (s) revised, 65 FR 78958, Dec. 18, 2000; heading and para. (h) revised, 66 FR 47387, Sept. 12, 2001, effective Sept. 12, 2001; paras. (a)(2)-(a)(5), (b)-(e), (m) and (r)-(t) revised, 66 FR 39447, July 31, 2001, effective Oct. 1, 2001; paras. (a)(2)-(a)(5), (e), (m), and (r) through (t) revised, 67 FR 70847, Nov. 27, 2002, effective Jan. 1, 2003; para. (h) revised, 68 FR 38611, June 30, 2003, effective July 30, 2003; paras. (a)(2)-(a)(5), (b)-(e), (m), and (r)-(t) revised, 68 FR 41532, July 14, 2003, effective Oct. 1, 2003; paras. (c) and (d) removed and reserved and paras. (b) and (h) revised, 69 FR 49959, Aug. 12, 2004, effective Sept. 13, 2004; paras. (a)(2)-(a)(5), (e), (m), and (r)-(t) revised, 69 FR 52604, Aug. 27, 2004, effective Oct. 1, 2004; paras. (f) and (g) added and paras. (h) and (i) revised, 69 FR 56481, Sept. 21, 2004, effective Nov. 22, 2004; paras. (a), (l) and (m) revised, 70 FR 3880, Jan. 27, 2005, effective Dec. 8, 2004; para. (i) revised, 70 FR 54259, Sept. 14, 2005, effective Sept. 14, 2005; para. (f) revised, 70 FR 56119, Sept. 26, 2005, effective Nov. 25, 2005; paras. (l) & (m) revised, 72 FR 18892, Apr. 16, 2007, effective May 16, 2007; paras. (a)(2)-(a)(5), (e), (l), (m), and (r)-(t) revised, 72 FR 46899, Aug. 22, 2007, effective Sept. 30, 2007; paras. (a)(4) and (a)(5) corrected, 72 FR 55055, Sept. 28, 2007, effective Sept. 30, 2007; para. (f) revised, 72 FR 46716, Aug. 21, 2007 (implementation enjoined and never became effective); para. (t) revised, 72 FR 51559, Sept. 10, 2007, and corrected 72 FR 57864, Oct. 11, 2007, effective Nov. 9, 2007; paras. (a), (l), and (m) revised, 73 FR 47534, Aug. 14, 2008, effective Oct. 2, 2008; para. (f) revised, 74 FR 52686, Oct. 14, 2009, effective Oct. 14, 2009 (to remove changes made by the final rules in 72 FR 46716 from the CFR); para. (c) added and para. (i) revised, 76 FR 18399, Apr. 4, 2011, effective date delayed until further notice, 76 FR 23876, April 29, 2011 and withdrawn effective Sept. 23, 2011, 76 FR 59050, Sept. 23, 2011; para. (c) added and para. (i) revised, 76 FR 59050, Sept. 23, 2011, effective Sept. 26, 2011; para. (j) removed and reserved and para. (p) revised, 77 FR 42150, July 17, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012; para. (b) revised, 77 FR 46615, Aug. 6, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012; paras. (g) and (i) revised, 77 FR 48776, Aug. 14, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012; paras. (a), (l), and (m) revised, 77 FR 54360, Sept. 5, 2012, effective Oct. 5, 2012; paras.(g) and (i) revised and paras. (n) and (o) removed and reserved, 78 FR 11024, Feb. 14, 2013, effective Mar. 16, 2013; paras. (a)-(i), (k)-(m), and (p)-(t) revised, 78 FR 4212, Jan. 18, 2013, effective Mar. 19, 2013; revised, 78 FR 17102, Mar. 20, 2013, effective Mar. 20, 2013; paras. (f), (g), (m), and (p) revised, para. (o) added and paras. (l) and (t) removed and reserved, 78 FR 62368, Oct. 21, 2013, corrected 78 FR 75251, Dec. 11, 2013, effective Dec. 18, 2013; paras. (f), (g), (i)(1) and (m) revised and para. (t) added, 80 FR 17918, Apr. 2, 2015, effective May 13, 2015]