Will Trademark Fees Be Lower in the Future?

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published an invitation for comments regarding the possibility of lower trademark application fees. According to the notice published in the Federal Register, the lower fees would be only for applications filed electronically. The purpose of the lower fees is to incentivize applicants to use the electronic filing system (which reduces the USPTO’s costs relative to paper applications).

The notice poses questions about what fee levels would be fair and appropriate.

If you want to submit a comment regarding the possibility of lower fees, send it to TMFRNotices@uspto.gov or this mailing address:

Commissioner for Trademarks
attention Cynthia C. Lynch
P.O. Box 1451,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1451

After the USPTO considers submitted comments, they plan to use the procedures set forth in the Leahy-Smith America Invents
regarding fee-setting. It appears that the USPTO will raise the fees for paper application by a substantial measure, while it may lower fees for electronically-filed applications.