Establishing a trademark can be an important part of the business plan. But with changes coming to the fee structure for applications, there could be a few more line items to put into place.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing new fees for filing trademarks on January 2, 2021. Every two years, the agency looks at revenue and upcoming costs to set a mark for where prices should rest, but this time around, a few old features are now coming with new price tags.
The USPTO settled on the changes based on an open hearing, the office’s requirements and the current state of the economy. They stated that the implementation will also aid in funding their assistance programs, like fee exemptions and extended timetables for those that qualify.
Trademarks already come with a whole schedule of fees, so the USPTO will have to open a few more spots:
- Post-registration: Requesting the removal of goods, services and classes could now fetch a fee. You could be looking at $250 if you’ve filed through the Trademark Electronic Application System.
- Petitions: Submitting a letter of protest with a Petition to the Director will have a $50 charge that comes with each application.
- Protests: Seeking an oral hearing may now cost $500, and the price applies to each proceeding.
With added costs, it’s essential to understand how it can impact new applications. Things you may have taken for granted may now stand between you and a successful bid for a trademark.