37 CFR 1.492: National stage fees

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

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1.492    National stage fees.

The following fees and charges are established for international applications entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371:

  • (a) The basic national fee for an international application entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371:
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$70.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......140.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......280.00
  • (b) Search fee for an international application entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371:
    • (1) If an international preliminary examination report on the international application prepared by the United States International Preliminary Examining Authority or a written opinion on the international application prepared by the United States International Searching Authority states that the criteria of novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness), and industrial applicability, as defined in PCT Article 33(1) to (4) have been satisfied for all of the claims presented in the application entering the national stage:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$0.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......0.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......0.00
    • (2) If the search fee as set forth in § 1.445(a)(2) has been paid on the international application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an International Searching Authority:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$30.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......60.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......120.00
    • (3) If an international search report on the international application has been prepared by an International Searching Authority other than the United States International Searching Authority and is provided, or has been previously communicated by the International Bureau, to the Office:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$120.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......240.00
      • By other than a small entity......480.00
    • (4) In all situations not provided for in paragraphs (b)(1), (2), or (3) of this section:
      • 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
  • (c) The examination fee for an international application entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371:
    • (1) If an international preliminary examination report on the international application prepared by the United States International Preliminary Examining Authority or a written opinion on the international application prepared by the United States International Searching Authority states that the criteria of novelty, inventive step (non-obviousness), and industrial applicability, as defined in PCT Article 33(1) to (4) have been satisfied for all of the claims presented in the application entering the national stage:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$0.00
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......0.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......0.00
    • (2) In all situations not provided for in paragraph (c)(1) of this section:
      • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$180.00.
      • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$360.00
      • By other than a small or micro entity......720.00
  • (d) In addition to the basic national fee, for filing or on later presentation at any other time of each claim in independent form in excess of 3:
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$105.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......210.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......420.00
  • (e) In addition to the basic national fee, for filing or on later presentation at any other time of each claim (whether dependent or independent) in excess of 20 (note that §1.75(c) indicates how multiple dependent claims are considered for fee calculation purposes):
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$20.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......40.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......80.00
  • (f) In addition to the basic national fee, if the application contains, or is amended to contain, a multiple dependent claim, per application:
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$195.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......390.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......780.00
  • (g) If the excess claims fees required by paragraphs (d) and (e) of this section and multiple dependent claim fee required by paragraph (f) of this section are not paid with the basic national fee or on later presentation of the claims for which excess claims or multiple dependent claim fees are due, the fees required by paragraphs (d), (e), and (f) of this section must be paid or the claims canceled by amendment prior to the expiration of the time period set for reply by the Office in any notice of fee deficiency in order to avoid abandonment.
  • (h) Surcharge for filing any of the search fee, the examination fee, or the oath or declaration after the date of the commencement of the national stage (§ 1.491(a) ) pursuant to § 1.495(c):
    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$35.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......70.00
    • By other than a small entity......140.00
  • (i) For filing an English translation of an international application or any annexes to an international preliminary examination report later than thirty months after the priority date (§ 1.495(c) and (e) ):
    • 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
  • (j) Application size fee for any international application, the specification and drawings of which exceed 100 sheets of paper, for each additional 50 sheets or fraction thereof:
    • 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
[52 FR 20050, May 28, 1987, effective July 1, 1987; paras. (a)(1) - (3), (b), (d)- (f), 54 FR 6893, Feb. 15, 1989, effective Apr. 17, 1989; para. (a)(5) added, 56 FR 65142, Dec. 13, 1991, effective Dec. 16, 1991; revised, 56 FR 65142, Dec. 13, 1991, effective Dec. 16, 1991; paras. (a)(1)-(a)(3), (a)(5) and (b)-(d), 57 FR 38190, Aug. 21, 1992, effective Oct. 1, 1992; para. (e) amended, 58 FR 4335, Jan. 14, 1993, effective May 1, 1993; paras. (a), (b) and (d), 59 FR 43736, Aug. 25, 1994, effective Oct. 1, 1994; paras. (a), (b), & (d) amended, 60 FR 41018, Aug. 11, 1995, effective, Oct. 1, 1995; paras. (a), (b), & (d) amended, 61 FR 39585, July 30, 1996, effective Oct. 1, 1996; paras. (a), (b), & (d) amended, 62 FR 40450, July 29, 1997, effective Oct. 1, 1997; para. (g) added, 62 FR 53131, Oct. 10, 1997, effective Dec. 1, 1997; paras. (a)-(d) revised, 63 FR 67578, Dec. 8, 1998, effective Nov. 10, 1998; para. (a)(2) revised, 64 FR 67774, Dec. 3, 1999, effective Dec. 29, 1999; paras. (a), (b) and (d) revised, 65 FR 49193, Aug. 11, 2000, effective Oct. 1, 2000; paras. (a)-(e) revised, 65 FR 78958, Dec. 18, 2000; paras. (a)(1)-(a)(3), (a)(5), (b) and (d) revised, 66 FR 39447, July 31, 2001, effective Oct. 1, 2001; paras. (e) and (f) revised, 67 FR 520, Jan. 4, 2002, effective Apr. 1, 2002; paras. (a)(1) through (a)(3), and (a)(5) revised, 67 FR 70847, Nov. 27, 2002, effective Jan. 1, 2003; paras. (a)(1) through (a)(3), (a)(5), (b), and (d) revised, 68 FR 41532, July 14, 2003, effective Oct. 1, 2003; paras. (a)(1) through (a)(3), (a)(5), (b) and (d) revised, 69 F R 52604, Aug. 27, 2004, effective Oct. 1, 2004; revised, 70 FR 3880, Jan. 27, 2005, effective Dec. 8, 2004; paras. (b) and (c) revised, 70 FR 5053, Feb. 1, 2005, effective Feb. 1, 2005; paras. (h) and (j) revised, 70 FR 30360, May 26, 2005, effective July 1, 2005; paras. (b) and (c) revised, 70 FR 35375, June 20, 2005, effective July 1, 2005; paras. (a), (b)(2) through (b)(4), (c)(2), (d) through (f), and (j) revised, 72 FR 46899, Aug. 22, 2007, effective Sept. 30, 2007; paras. (b)(2) through (b)(4) corrected, 72 FR 55055, Sept. 28, 2007, effective Sept. 30, 2007; paras. (a), (b)(3), (b)(4), (c)(2), (d) through (f) and (j) revised, 73 FR 47534, Aug. 14, 2008, effective Oct. 2, 2008; para. (h) revised, 77 FR 48776, Aug. 14, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012; paras. (a), (b)(3), (b)(4), (c)(2), (d)-(f) and (j) revised, 77 FR 54360, Sept. 5, 2012, effective Oct. 5, 2012; revised, 78 FR 4212, Jan. 18, 2013, effective Mar. 19, 2013]