USPTO Expands and Extends the Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program into 2027

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USPTO Director Katherine K. Vidal published a notice today, May 31st, 2023 outlining certain changes to the initial Climate Change Mitigation Pilot Program that went into effect June last year, which is expected to expire next week. In line with the agency’s policy, the expansion and extension of the 2022 program reflects the USPTO’s efforts to encourage and incentivize innovation in the climate space, by… Read More »

European Unitary Patent to Become a Reality on June 1, 2023

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On February 17, 2023, the German government ratified the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA), marking the single most important reform in the history of the European patent system since its founding treaty was signed, the European Patent Convention, in 1973.

Starting June 1, 2023, the new system will (i) enable uniform patent protection across all participating EU member states via a single application and corresponding… Read More »

USPTO Decreases Most Small and Micro Entity Patent Fees – Effective December 29, 2022

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The Unleashing American Innovators Act of 2022, signed into law on 12/29/2022, decreased small entity fees by 10%, and micro entity fees by 5%, to spur innovation among smaller and independent inventors. For example, government fees for a non-provisional patent application (small entity) have decreased USD $150 reflecting a 60% discount (micro entities are now set to an 80% discount). The current fee schedule can… Read More »

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