USPTO Fees to Increase January 16, 2018

The government fees for challenging a patent in a post-grant proceeding will increase significantly on January 16, 2018.

Effective next week, the USPTO fees for challenging patents in inter partes review (IPR), covered business method (CBM), and post-grant review (PGR) proceedings will increase significantly. The new fee schedule is available here.  A comparison of some of these fees is shown below:

DescriptionOld FeeNew Fee
Inter partes review request fee - Up to 20 claims9,00015,500
Inter partes review post-institution fee - Up to 15 claims14,00015,000
Inter partes review request of each claim in excess of 20200300
Inter partes post-institution request of each claim in excess of 15400600
Post-grant or covered business method review request fee - Up to 20 claims12,00016,000
Post-grant or covered business method review post-institution fee - Up to 15 claims18,00022,000
Post-grant or covered business method review request of each claim in excess of 20250375
Post-grant or covered business method review post-institution request of each claim in excess of 15550825