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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD31 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2020 

The USPTO operates like a business in that it fulfills requests for intellectual property products and services that are paid for by users of those services. The USPTO takes this action to set and adjusts patent fee amounts to provide sufficient aggregate revenue to cover aggregate cost of operations.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1    37 CFR 11    37 CFR 41    37 CFR 42   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)    5 U.S.C. 500    15 U.S.C. 1123    35 U.S.C. 32    35 U.S.C. 41    Pub. L. 113-227    35 U.S.C. 3(a)(2)(A)    35 U.S.C. 21    35 U.S.C. 23    35 U.S.C. 134    35 U.S.C. 135    Pub. L. 112-29    35 U.S.C. 6    35 U.S.C. 311    35 U.S.C. 231    35 U.S.C. 321-326    Pub. L. 112-274   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/31/2019  84 FR 37398   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/30/2019 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Final Action Effective  08/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
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