The fees to file certain trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are increasing, effective January 14, 2017, the USPTO has announced.
For businesses looking to file paper trademark applications, the all fees will increase and the increases will be the most substantial, increasing $225 per class, from $375 to $600. And for those filing a TEAS Regular electronic application the fees will increase $75 per classification, from $325 to $400. Other fees relating to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board are increasing as well.
But all is not lost. For those businesses that are filing TEAS Plus applications, the fees are, at least for the moment, set to remain the same. However, in order to file this type of application there are a number of requirements needed to be eligible to file a TEAS Plus application. If your TEAS Plus application has to be changed to a TEAS Regular application for any reason, then the fee increase will be in effect at the then-prevailing rates.
The one notable fee reduction is for those who are filing Intent to Use applications. When an applicant is filing an application for a mark not already in use, this type of application is on the secondary register, and until the time of usage, the applicant must file extensions until the mark is in use. If you need to file a request for an extension of time to file an electronic statement of use, the fee will decrease from $150 to $125 per classification.
The best recommendation would be to get your trademark applications done sooner than later, especially if you are not filing a TEAS Plus application. And if you need assistance with your trademark application, Hughley Smith Law can help. Click here to schedule a complimentary trademark consultation.
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