Happy holidays! The USPTO must be in a cheerful spirit because they’re giving everyone a gift: reduced filing fees for 2015.

The current application fee for a trademark filed through their expedited online “TEAS Plus” application is $275. Effective January 17, 2015, the USPTO will reduce that fee by $50 to $225. This is part of the USPTO’s ongoing push to encourage people to file online rather than with old-fashioned paper applications. We always use the USPTO’s online application, so this will result in a direct savings for our clients. Whatever the motion, it’s great news for applicants, particularly small businesses and startups that may be more cost sensitive.

Several other fee reductions were announced as well. Notably, the renewal fee will drop from $400 to $300.

Accessible trademarks for all!