37 CFR 1.16: National application filing, search, and examination fees

Taken from the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2022, Published February 2023

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1.16    National application filing, search, and examination fees.

[Editor Note: The amendment adding paragraph (u) is effective on January 1, 2023]

  • (a) Basic fee for filing each application under 35 U.S.C. 111 for an original patent, except design, plant, or provisional applications:

      TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (a)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$80.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......160.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a)) if the application is submitted in compliance with the Office electronic filing system (§ 1.27(b)(2))......80.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......320.00
  • (b) Basic fee for filing each application under 35 U.S.C. 111 for an original design patent:

      TABLE 2 TO PARAGRAPH (b)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$55.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......110.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......220.00
  • (c) Basic fee for filing each application for an original plant patent:

      TABLE 3 TO PARAGRAPH (c)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$55.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......110.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......220.00
  • (d) Basic fee for filing each provisional application:

      TABLE 4 TO PARAGRAPH (d)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$75.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......150.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......300.00
  • (e) Basic fee for filing each application for the reissue of a patent:

      TABLE 5 TO PARAGRAPH (e)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$80.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......160.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......320.00
  • (f) Surcharge for filing the basic filing fee, search fee, examination fee, or the inventor’s oath or declaration on a date later than the filing date of the application, an application that does not contain at least one claim on the filing date of the application, or an application filed by reference to a previously filed application under § 1.57(a), except provisional applications:

      TABLE 6 TO PARAGRAPH (f)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$40.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......80.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......160.00
  • (g) Surcharge for filing the basic filing fee or cover sheet (§ 1.51(c)(1) ) on a date later than the filing date of the provisional application:

      TABLE 7 TO PARAGRAPH (g)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$15.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......30.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......60.00
  • (h) In addition to the basic filing fee in an application, other than a provisional application, for filing or later presentation at any other time of each claim in independent form in excess of 3:

      TABLE 8 TO PARAGRAPH (h)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$120.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......240.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......480.00
  • (i) In addition to the basic filing fee in an application, other than a provisional application, for filing or later presentation at any other time of each claim (whether dependent or independent) in excess of 20 (note that § 1.75(c) indicates how multiple dependent claims are considered for fee calculation purposes):

      TABLE 9 TO PARAGRAPH (i)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$25.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......50.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......100.00
  • (j) In addition to the basic filing fee in an application, other than a provisional application, that contains, or is amended to contain, a multiple dependent claim, per application:

      TABLE 10 TO PARAGRAPH (j)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$215.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......430.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......860.00
  • (k) Search fee for each application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111 for an original patent, except design, plant, or provisional applications:

      TABLE 11 TO PARAGRAPH (k)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$175.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......350.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......700.00
  • (l) Search fee for each application under 35 U.S.C. 111 for an original design patent:

      TABLE 12 TO PARAGRAPH (l)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$40.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......80.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......160.00
  • (m) Search fee for each application for an original plant patent:

      TABLE 13 TO PARAGRAPH (m)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$110.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......220.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......440.00
  • (n) Search fee for each application for the reissue of a patent:

      TABLE 14 TO PARAGRAPH (n)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$175.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......350.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......700.00
  • (o) Examination fee for each application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111 for an original patent, except design, plant, or provisional applications:

      TABLE 15 TO PARAGRAPH (o)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$200.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......400.00
    • By other than a small entity......800.00
  • (p) Examination fee for each application under 35 U.S.C. 111 for an original design patent:

      TABLE 16 TO PARAGRAPH (p)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$160.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......320.00
    • By other than a micro or small entity......640.00
  • (q) Examination fee for each application for an original plant patent:

      TABLE 17 TO PARAGRAPH (q)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$165.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......330.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......660.00
  • (r) Examination fee for each application for the reissue of a patent:

      TABLE 18 TO PARAGRAPH (r)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$580.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......1,160.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......2,320.00
  • (s) Application size fee for any application filed under 35 U.S.C.111 for the specification and drawings which exceed 100 sheets of paper, for each additional 50 sheets or fraction thereof:

      TABLE 19 TO PARAGRAPH (s)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$105.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......210.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......420.00
  • (t) Non-electronic filing fee for any application under 35 U.S.C. 111(a) that is filed on or after November 15, 2011, other than by the Office electronic filing system, except for a reissue, design, or plant application:

      TABLE 20 TO PARAGRAPH (t)

    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......$200.00
    • By other than a small entity......$400.00
  • (u) Additional fee for any application filed on or after January 1, 2023 under 35 U.S.C. 111 for an original patent, except design, plant, or provisional applications, where the specification, claims, and/or abstract does not conform to the USPTO requirements for submission in DOCX format:

      TABLE 21 TO PARAGRAPH (u)

    • By a micro entity (§ 1.29)......$100.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a))......200.00
    • By a small entity (§ 1.27(a)) if the application is submitted in compliance with the Office electronic filing system (§ 1.27(b)(2))......200.00
    • By other than a small or micro entity......400.00
[Added, 47 FR 41272, Sept. 17, 1982, effective date Oct. 1, 1982; 50 FR 31824, Aug. 6, 1985, effective date Oct. 5, 1985; paras. (a), (b), (d)-(i), 54 FR 6893, Feb. 15, 1989, effective Apr. 17, 1989; paras. (a)-(j), 56 FR 65142, Dec. 13, 1991, effective Dec. 16, 1991; paras. (a)-(d) and (f)-(j), 57 FR 38190, Aug. 21, 1992, effective Oct. 1, 1992; paras. (a), (b), (d) and (f)-(i), 59 FR 43736, Aug. 25, 1994, effective Oct. 1, 1994; paras. (a)-(g) amended and paras. (k) and (l) added, 60 FR 20195, Apr. 25, 1995, effective June 8, 1995; paras. (a), (b), (d), & (f)-(i) amended, 60 FR 41018, Aug. 11, 1995, effective Oct. 1, 1995; paras. (a), (b), (d), and (f)-(i) amended and para. (m) added, 61 FR 39585, July 30, 1996, effective Oct. 1, 1996; paras. (a), (b), (d), and (f)-(i) amended, 62 FR 40450, July 29, 1997, effective Oct. 1, 1997; paras. (d) & (l) amended, 62 FR 53132, Oct. 10, 1997, effective Dec. 1, 1997; paras. (a)-(d) and (f)-(j) revised, 63 FR 6758, Dec. 8, 1998, effective Nov. 10, 1998; paras. (a) and (b) revised, 64 FR 67774, Dec. 3, 1999, effective Dec. 29, 1999; paras. (a), (b), (d), and (f)-(i) revised, 65 FR 49193, Aug. 11, 2000, effective Oct. 1, 2000; paras. (a)-(l) revised, 65 FR 78958, Dec. 18, 2000; paras. (a), (b), (d), (f)-(i) and (k) revised, 66 FR 39447, July 31, 2001, effective Oct. 1, 2001; paras. (a), (g), and (h) revised, 67 FR 70847, Nov. 27, 2002, effective Jan. 1, 2003; paras. (a), (b), (d), and (f)-(i) revised, 68 FR 41532, July 14, 2003, effective Oct. 1, 2003; paras. (a), (b), (d), and (f)-(i) revised, 69 FR 52604, Aug. 27, 2004, effective Oct. 1, 2004; revised, 70 FR 3880, Jan. 27, 2005, effective Dec. 8, 2004; paras. (f) and (s) revised, 70 FR 30360, May 26, 2005, effective July 1, 2005; paras. (a)-(e) and (h)-(s) revised, 72 FR 46899, Aug. 22, 2007, effective Sept. 30, 2007; paras. (a)-(e), (h)-(k), and (m)-(s) revised, 73 FR 47534, Aug. 14, 2008, effective Oct. 2, 2008; para. (t) added, 76 FR 70651, Nov. 15, 2011, effective Nov. 15, 2011; para. (f) revised, 77 FR 48776, Aug. 14, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012; paras. (a)-(e), (h)-(j), and (o)-(s) revised, 77 FR 54360, Sept. 5, 2012, effective Oct. 5, 2012; paras. (a)-(s) revised, 78 FR 4212, Jan. 18, 2013, effective Mar. 19, 2013; para. (f) revised, 78 FR 62368, Oct. 21, 2013, effective Dec. 18, 2013; introductory text of paras. (b), (l), and (p) revised, 80 FR 17918, Apr. 2, 2015, effective May 13, 2015; paras. (a)-(f) and (h)-(r) revised, 82 FR 52780, Nov. 14, 2017, effective Jan. 16, 2018; paras. (a)-(e), (h), (j), (k), and (m)-(s) revised and table headings added to paras. (f), (g), (i), (l), and (t), 85 FR 46932, Aug. 3, 2020, effective Oct. 2, 2020; para. (u) added, 85 FR 46932, Aug. 3, 2020, effective Jan. 1, 2022; para. (u) effective date delayed, 86 FR 66192, Nov. 22, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2023]