Find Out How Potential Changes to Trademark Registrations May Affect Your Business
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is proposing a reduction of certain trademark fees.
The proposal includes a $50.00 reduction in filing fees for trademark, certification mark, collective membership mark, and collective trademark applications filed using the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS) if applicants authorize email communication and file electronically throughout the process. This will be known as a TEAS Reduced Fee (RF) application.
Currently the per-class filing fees for the registration of a trademark is $375 for a paper application, $325 for electronic filing using TEAS, $275 for using TEAS Plus, and $400 per-class for renewals.
The proposal includes reducing fees for filing TEAS Plus registration applications and TEAS renewal applications of trademark registrations. The reduction in fees for a TEAS Plus application would be $50 and a TEAS renewal by $100 and the filing fees for paper filings would not be changed.
According to the USPTO, filing through TEAS and communicating via email expedite processing of trademark applications, shorten the pendency of applications, minimize manual processing and the potential for data entry errors, and increases efficiency for both applicants and the USPTO resulting in an operating reserve.
Trademark Attorney, Laura Lloyd advises
While the proposal to reduce fees will be a benefit, I would advise clients not to wait to file a trademark in the hopes of getting a reduced filing rate because the date of filing can be crucial in future disputes.”
If approved, the new rates would take effect in 2015.
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