Discounted Filing Fees

Small Entity

The US Patent Office will discount most fees 50% for parties that qualify as a small entity. To qualify as a small entity an applicant must have fewer than 500 employees and cannot grant rights (or be obliged to grant rights) to a party that would not qualify as a small entity.

Micro Entity

These small entity fees will be halved again (to 25% of the undiscounted rate) if a party qualifies as a "micro entity."
This new rate became available on March 19, 2013. To qualify as a micro entity, the inventor must satisfy all of the following:

  • Qualify as a small entity;
  • Has not been named as an inventor on more than four previously filed patent applications;
  • Did not have a gross income for the preceding year greater than $150,162.00 (subject to change); and
  • Did not assign, grant, or convey a license or ownership interest in the application to an entity that had a gross income exceeding $150,162.00.