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Understanding the USPTO’s Proposed Fee Increases: 80% Fee Increase to Continue Patent Examination, 724% Fee Increase to File Terminal Disclaimer

Also: new $3,500 fee to file a continuing application as part of 20 new fees and 38 fee increases of 25% or more proposed for 2025

At IP Brigade, we pride ourselves on keeping our clients informed about significant developments in the intellectual property landscape. Today, we’re addressing a matter of crucial importance to inventors, entrepreneurs, and patent applicants: the proposed fee increases by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

In a surprising move, the USPTO has unveiled a proposal for substantial fee hikes, sending shockwaves through the innovation community. The proposal includes staggering increases, with some fees skyrocketing by as much as 724%. This drastic escalation has raised concerns about the accessibility of the patent system and its impact on patent applicants, particularly those with limited resources.

Understanding the Proposal:

The proposed fee increases are sweeping in scope, affecting various aspects of the patent application process. From filing fees to post-grant proceedings, no aspect seems untouched by these changes. Notably, the proposal introduces 20 new fees and amplifies existing fees by 25% or more in 38 instances. Among the most notable increases are:

Terminal Disclaimer (TD) Fees: A startling 724% increase in fees for filing a TD in a patented case or an application for reissue.
Continuing Application Fees: Fees for filing continuing applications more than 5 or 8 years after the earliest benefit date see significant hikes, making strategic patent prosecution costlier.
Extension of Term Fees: The fee to apply for an extension of the term of a drug-related patent spikes by 468%, posing challenges for pharmaceutical innovators.
Request for Continued Examination (RCE) Fees: Third and subsequent RCEs witness an 80% fee increase, potentially impacting the ability of applicants to pursue thorough examination.
Design Patent Fees: Fees related to design patent search and issuance see substantial hikes, impacting creators in the design space.
Implications for Applicants:

The proposed fee increases have raised valid concerns about their implications for patent applicants, especially those with limited financial resources. While the USPTO justifies these changes as part of “promoting innovation strategies,” the reality paints a different picture. The fee adjustments seem to create barriers to entry, making it harder for under-resourced applicants to obtain adequate patent protection. Additionally, the emphasis on funding new programs unrelated to examination or post-grant proceedings further complicates the landscape for innovators.

Response from the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC):

The PPAC, tasked with providing insights on proposed fee changes, has expressed reservations about many aspects of the proposal. While supporting some fee increases, the PPAC opposes several changes, including those related to terminal disclaimers and continuing applications. Despite these concerns, the USPTO has proceeded with its proposal, albeit with minor modifications.

Navigating the Landscape:

In light of these developments, it’s crucial for patent applicants to navigate the evolving patent landscape with vigilance and strategic foresight. Partnering with experienced patent professionals, such as The Patent Drawing Services, becomes essential in maximizing the value of your intellectual property while mitigating the impact of fee increases. Our team is dedicated to assisting clients in understanding these changes, optimizing patent strategies, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.


The USPTO’s proposed fee increases represent a significant challenge for patent applicants, amplifying the already complex process of securing intellectual property rights. As the innovation community grapples with these changes, informed decision-making and strategic partnerships become indispensable. At The Patent Drawing Services, we stand ready to guide our clients through these turbulent waters, empowering them to navigate the patent landscape with confidence and resilience.

Innovation knows no bounds, and neither should the pursuit of patent protection. Let us embark on this journey together, ensuring that your inventive ideas receive the recognition and safeguarding they deserve.

For more information on how we can support your patent endeavors amidst these changes, feel free to reach out to us. Together, let’s forge ahead towards a future where innovation thrives, unencumbered by barriers or limitations.

Stay informed. Stay empowered. Stay innovative.