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Maintenance fees
« on: 03-16-17 at 11:12 am »

What reasoning is behind a person or company having up to 4 patents to pay half as much a maintenance fee as a person or company having 5 or more patents after at least first 3 .5 years of a patents life?
 The micro-entity definition states that applicants are not considered to be named on a previously filed application if he or she has assigned, or is obligated to assign, ownership rights as a result of previous employment. Applications filed in another country, provisional applications, or international applications for which the basic national fee was not paid do not count as previously filed application. The definition also includes applicants who are employed by an institute of higher education and have assigned, or are obligated to assign, ownership to that institute of higher education.


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Re: Maintenance fees
« Reply #1 on: 09-19-17 at 10:45 am »

Same as pretty much any other legislation -- some lobbyist pushed for X, and some Congressman decided he'd throw a sop to Y along the way to make it more politically palatable.  In this case X was "lower fees for universities" and Y was "small inventors".  At least they did one nice thing, while screwing small inventors generally.
"The life of a patent solicitor has always been a hard one."  Judge Giles Rich, Application of Ruschig, 379 F.2d 990.

Disclaimer: not only am I not a lawyer, I'm not your lawyer.  Therefore, this does not constitute legal advice.


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