The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on May 14th, 2012, that proposes to increase patent fees based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI). If approved, these fee increases would be implemented beginning October 1, 2012.
When asked why there was a proposal for an increase in fees when there was just a 15% surcharge implemented on September 26, 2011, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos said:
“The answer is: leveling, cash flow, continuity — much like with any large enterprise. Think of the CPI adjustment as ensuring “bridge funds.” This planned CPI adjustment will provide a small but needed increase in funding, allowing the USPTO to continue reducing the backlog and pendency until our new fee schedule–which will provide long-term financial resources–is in place.”
To read the Notice of Proposed Rule Making, visit here.
Written comments are currently being accepted on this, and will be until June 13th, 2012. To find out how to submit your comment, visit here.