USPTO Publishes Changes to 2025 Patent Fees

Patent Fees

Changes Coming to US Patent Fees

On April 3rd, the USPTO published the proposed changes to patent fees for 2025. You can find information on the proposal here. The rationale behind the changes is “to provide the USPTO with sufficient aggregate revenue to recover the aggregate costs of patent operations in future years”. 

In addition to funding operations, it’s hoped that the new patent fees will help reduce the time to process applications and decrease fraud. 

There are a lot of updates, so we’ve captured the major ones below. 

If you have feedback on the changes to the patent fees, you can leave comments for the USPTO to consider. Just go here to let them know what you think. The deadline for feedback is June 3rd. 

Proposed Fee Changes

CFR section

Fee code

Description

Entity type

Current fee

Proposed fee

1.16(a)

1011

Basic filing fee—Utility (paper filing also requires non-electronic filing fee under 1.16(t))

Undiscounted

$320

$350

1.16(a)

2011

Basic filing fee—Utility (paper filing also requires non-electronic filing fee under 1.16(t))

Small

128

140

1.16(a)

3011

Basic filing fee—Utility (paper filing also requires non-electronic filing fee under 1.16(t))

Micro

64

70

1.16(a)

4011

Basic filing fee—Utility (electronic filing for small entities)

Small

64

70

1.16(b)

1012

Basic filing fee—Design

Undiscounted

220

300

1.16(b)

2012

Basic filing fee—Design

Small

88

120

1.16(b)

3012

Basic filing fee—Design

Micro

44

60

1.16(b)

2017

Basic filing fee—Design CPA

Small

88

120

1.16(b)

3017

Basic filing fee—Design CPA

Micro

44

60

1.16(c)

1013

Basic filing fee—Plant

Undiscounted

220

240

1.16(c)

2013

Basic filing fee—Plant

Small

88

96

1.16(c)

3013

Basic filing fee—Plant

Micro

44

48

1.16(d)

1005

Provisional application filing fee

Undiscounted

300

315

1.16(d)

2005

Provisional application filing fee

Small

120

126

1.16(d)

3005

Provisional application filing fee

Micro

60

63

1.16(e)

1014

Basic filing fee—Reissue

Undiscounted

320

350

1.16(e)

2014

Basic filing fee—Reissue

Small

128

140

1.16(e)

3014

Basic filing fee—Reissue

Micro

64

70

1.16(e)

1019

Basic filing fee—Reissue (Design CPA)

Undiscounted

320

350

1.16(e)

2019

Basic filing fee—Reissue (Design CPA)

Small

128

140

1.16(e)

3019

Basic filing fee—Reissue (Design CPA)

Micro

64

70

1.16(f)

1051

Surcharge—Late filing fee, search fee, examination fee, inventor’s oath or declaration, or application filed without at least one claim or by reference

Undiscounted

160

170

1.16(f)

2051

Surcharge—Late filing fee, search fee, examination fee, inventor’s oath or declaration, or application filed without at least one claim or by reference

Small

64

68

1.16(f)

3051

Surcharge—Late filing fee, search fee, examination fee, inventor’s oath or declaration, or application filed without at least one claim or by reference

Micro

32

34

1.16(g)

1052

Surcharge—Late provisional filing fee or cover sheet

Undiscounted

60

65

1.16(g)

2052

Surcharge—Late provisional filing fee or cover sheet

Small

24

26

1.16(g)

3052

Surcharge—Late provisional filing fee or cover sheet

Micro

12

13

1.16(h)

1201

Each independent claim in excess of three

Undiscounted

480

600

1.16(h)

2201

Each independent claim in excess of three

Small

192

240

1.16(h)

3201

Each independent claim in excess of three

Micro

96

120

1.16(h)

1204

Each reissue independent claim in excess of three

Undiscounted

480

600

1.16(h)

2204

Each reissue independent claim in excess of three

Small

192

240

1.16(h)

3204

Each reissue independent claim in excess of three

Micro

96

120

1.16(i)

1202

Each claim in excess of 20

Undiscounted

100

200

1.16(i)

2202

Each claim in excess of 20

Small

40

80

1.16(i)

3202

Each claim in excess of 20

Micro

20

40

1.16(i)

1205

Each reissue claim in excess of 20

Undiscounted

100

200

1.16(i)

2205

Each reissue claim in excess of 20

Small

40

80

1.16(i)

3205

Each reissue claim in excess of 20

Micro

20

40

1.16(j)

1203

Multiple dependent claim

Undiscounted

860

905

1.16(j)

2203

Multiple dependent claim

Small

344

362

1.16(j)

3203

Multiple dependent claim

Micro

172

181

1.16(k)

1111

Utility search fee

Undiscounted

700

770

1.16(k)

2111

Utility search fee

Small

280

308

1.16(k)

3111

Utility search fee

Micro

140

154

1.16(l)

1112

Design search fee or Design CPA search fee

Undiscounted

160

300

1.16(l)

2112

Design search fee or Design CPA search fee

Small

64

120

1.16(l)

3112

Design search fee or Design CPA search fee

Micro

32

60

1.16(m)

1113

Plant search fee

Undiscounted

440

485

1.16(m)

2113

Plant search fee

Small

176

194

1.16(m)

3113

Plant search fee

Micro

88

97

1.16(n)

1114

Reissue search fee or Reissue (Design CPA) search fee

Undiscounted

700

770

1.16(n)

2114

Reissue search fee or Reissue (Design CPA) search fee

Small

280

308

1.16(n)

3114

Reissue search fee or Reissue (Design CPA) search fee

Micro

140

154

1.16(o)

1311

Utility examination fee

Undiscounted

800

880

1.16(o)

2311

Utility examination fee

Small

320

352

1.16(o)

3311

Utility examination fee

Micro

160

176

1.16(p)

1312

Design examination fee or Design CPA examination fee

Undiscounted

640

700

1.16(p)

2312

Design examination fee or Design CPA examination fee

Small

256

280

1.16(p)

3312

Design examination fee or Design CPA examination fee

Micro

128

140

1.16(q)

1313

Plant examination fee

Undiscounted

660

725

1.16(q)

2313

Plant examination fee

Small

264

290

1.16(q)

3313

Plant examination fee

Micro

132

145

1.16(r)

1314

Reissue examination fee or Reissue (Design CPA) examination fee

Undiscounted

2,320

2,550

1.16(r)

2314

Reissue examination fee or Reissue (Design CPA) examination fee

Small

928

1,020

1.16(r)

3314

Reissue examination fee or Reissue (Design CPA) examination fee

Micro

464

510

1.16(s)

1082

Design application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Undiscounted

420

440

1.16(s)

2082

Design application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Small

168

176

1.16(s)

3082

Design application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Micro

84

88

1.16(s)

1083

Plant application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Undiscounted

420

440

1.16(s)

2083

Plant application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Small

168

176

1.16(s)

3083

Plant application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Micro

84

88

1.16(s)

1085

Provisional application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Undiscounted

420

440

1.16(s)

2085

Provisional application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Small

168

176

1.16(s)

3085

Provisional application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Micro

84

88

1.16(s)

2084

Reissue application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Small

168

176

1.16(s)

3084

Reissue application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Micro

84

88

1.16(s)

1081

Utility application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Undiscounted

420

440

1.16(s)

2081

Utility application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Small

168

176

1.16(s)

3081

Utility application size fee—for each additional 50 sheets that exceeds 100 sheets

Micro

84

88

1.16(u)

1054

Non-DOCX Filing Surcharge Fee

Undiscounted

400

420

1.16(u)

2054

Non-DOCX Filing Surcharge Fee

Small

160

168

1.16(u)

3054

Non-DOCX Filing Surcharge Fee

Micro

80

84

Details on the proposed patent fees can be found here.

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