Do you have a PCT national stage filing deadline approaching in the next few months? Are you considering filing with the USPTO? If so, filing before March 19, 2013, will save you a few hundred dollars.
A new fee schedule will take effect with the USPTO on March 19, 2013, and you’ve guessed it — most fees will be increasing. For national stage entry, the total costs for large entity applicants will increase from $1140 to $1480. Other increases of note at the national stage filing step are for independent claims in excess of 3 ($250 to $420) and claims in excess of 20 ($62 to $80). A copy of the new fee schedule can be viewed here.
So if you do have a 30-month filing deadline occurring after March 19, 2013, you may want to consider entering the US national stage early to beat this effective date.
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