Good News for 2015: Lower Government Fees for US Trademark Applications and Renewals
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has reduced the governmental filing fees for trademark applications and renewals, effective January 17, 2015. For applicants that agree to utilize electronic correspondence, the new per-classification fee for a standard trademark application has been reduced from $325 to $275 per class. Applicants may also continue to receive non-electronic notifications and correspondence from the USPTO at the same $325 per class filing fee.
Likewise, fees for trademark renewals have been reduced from $400 to $300 per class for electronic filers.
The fee reductions are designed to reflect reduced processing costs and promote efficiencies for the USPTO and trademark filers, according to the USPTO. Particularly with multiple marks or marks in multiple classes, these efficiencies may encourage companies to put proper protections in place along the way, to safeguard their valuable trademark and brand assets as part of their overall intellectual property portfolios.