USPTO Reduces Trademark Application and Renewal Fees

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a final rule today implementing fee reductions for new trademark applications and renewals.  The rule, appropriately entitled “Reduction of Fees for Trademark Applications and Renewals,” amends 37 C.F.R. § 2.6 by lowering the “TEAS Plus” trademark application fee from $275 to $225 per class, and creating a new application category called “TEAS Reduced Fee” that lowers the standard application fee from $325 to $275 per class for applications that qualify (principally by the applicant agreeing to communicate by email and file documents electronically).  For renewals of trademark registrations, the fee has been reduced from $400 to $300 per class.  The fee reductions in the final rule go into effect on January 17, 2015.  The Federal Register has the final rule here, and background information about the rule here.

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