The United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") has announced increases and adjustments of certain trademark and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") official fees, effective January 2, 2021. These changes follow a multi-year review process and are the first fee increases in nearly three years. The USPTO’s final rule implementing these changes is available here.
The changes include adjustments to certain trademark application fees, post-registration maintenance fees, TTAB fees, petition and letter of protest fees. The main changes are summarized below:
The USPTO is implementing partial refunds for petitions to cancel in default judgments if the cancellation involves only a nonuse or abandonment claim, the defendant didn’t appear, and there were no filings other than the petition to cancel.