The USPTO has proposed fee increases in addition to the already implemented 15% surcharge.

Concerning Design Patents, the proposal sets several modest fee increases, while others are quite substantial.  Namely, the proposed Design Patent Examination and Search Fees will each increase by several hundred dollars.  The following table compares current and proposed large entity fees.  The proposed small and micro entities fees are, respectively, 50% and 25% of the large entity fees.

Fee Item                            Current                Proposed              Percent Change

Filing Fee                            $ 250                    $ 260                            4 %

Examination Fee                $ 160                    $ 500                          213 %

Search Fee                         $ 120                    $ 420                          250 %

Issue Fee                           $ 990                    $ 1,020                         3 %

 

Extension Fees:              Current                Proposed              Percent Change

First Month                         $ 150                      $ 200                          33 %

Second Month                     $ 560                      $ 600                          7 %

Third Month                       $ 1,270                  $ 1,400                        10 %

Fourth Month                     $ 1,980                   $ 2,200                        11 %

Fifth Month                        $ 2,690                   $ 3,000                        12 %

Full listing of proposed fee increases (pdf)

Obviously, the proposed fee increases will cause a substantial increase in Design Patent filing costs.  The current Filing, Examination and Search fees total $ 530, whereas the proposed fees total $ 1,180, more than twice the current fees.