On May 27, 2016, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to adjust trademark fees [Notice]. If all goes as planned, the fee adjustments will be effective in January 2017. Because many of the adjustments are fee increases, those planning to file an application for trademark registration may want to act sooner rather than later.
As you may know, the USPTO largely relies on self-funding to pay for trademark related operations. This means that ideally those who use the various services provided by the Trademark Office pay for those services. Because the overall goal is to achieve aggregate cost recovery, periodically, fees must be adjusted to match projected expenses. The USPTO summarizes the objectives for the rulemaking as: Continue reading