The USPTO has initiated the rulemaking process to allow it to increase some of the trademark related filing fees.  The changes are likely to be effective in 2020.  Examples of proposed fee increases are:

  1. Initial Application at Reduced Fee per class from $275 to $350
  2. Continued Use Affidavit §8 per class from $125 to $225
  3. Incontestability Affidavit §15 per class from $200 to $225

For business owners considering filing for a new trademark registration or who are within the one year window for the ten year renewal of their existing mark, being conscious of these future changes, especially if the mark is registered in several classes for goods and services, will save you money.

Watch this spot for future developments