Reduced fees for small entities

Certain fees for obtaining and maintaining a patent are reduced by 50% for small businesses and universities to encourage them to use the patent system.

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Pay reduced fees if you are a small business or a university

Certain fees for obtaining and maintaining a patent are reduced by 50% for small businesses and universities to encourage them to use the patent system. You may be entitled to pay fees at the small entity level.

Definition of small entity

The Patent Rules defines a small entity as one that employs 50 or fewer employees or that is a university. This does not include:

Note that the determination of small entity applies to the applicant at the filing date of the application.

How to apply

If you wish to take advantage of the reduced fees for small entities, you must:

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