November 18, 2020
The USPTO has published the final rule in the Federal Register establishing fee increases for electronic filings related to Trademark applications and proceedings. The changes, which go into effect on January 2, 2021, are summarized in the table below. The full text on the Federal Register can be found here.
*There will be no fee for electronically filing a section 7 request to amend a registration before submitting a section 8 or 71 declaration and only deleting goods, services, and/or classes in the request (otherwise, the current fee for filing a section 7 request through TEAS is $100).
Letter of Protest Procedures
The USPTO has codified the procedures for filing a letter of protest, which will also go into effect on Jan. 2, 2021. This change includes updates to TMEP §§ 1715-1715.06. The new rules are designed to ensure that letters of protest are relevant, well-supported, and timely. Several key requirements state that the letter of protest must:
- Provide an itemized evidence index.
- Submit no more than 10 items of evidence or 75 total pages, absent special circumstances.
- Pay a $50 fee per letter of protest.