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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD02 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017 
Abstract:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) takes this action to set and adjust Patent fee amounts to provide the Office with a sufficient amount of aggregate revenue to recover its aggregate cost of operations while helping the Office maintain a sustainable funding model, reduce the current patent application backlog, decrease patent pendency, improve quality, and upgrade the Office's business information technology capability and infrastructure.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1    37 CFR 41   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 112-29   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/04/2016  81 FR 68150   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/02/2016 
Final Rule  04/00/2017 
Final Rule Effective  06/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Brendan Hourigan
Director, Office of Planning and Budget
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 272-8966
Fax:571 273-8966
Email: brendan.hourigan@uspto.gov