By: Mark R. Malek
This concludes the series of articles that I have been writing on entity status in the United States Patent Office. The first article introduced the new micro-entity status. The next article gave some background information on what would happen if you claimed the wrong entity status before the USPTO, and the latest article set forth the obligations on an inventor to continuously monitor their small entity status.
This article comes from two separate experiences that I have recently had where my clients had been paying large entity fees for quite some time, but were, in all actuality, small entities. As indicated in the first of the series of articles, the small entity fees at the patent office (for the most part) are 50% those of large entities. If an inventor were to file a typical patent application and perhaps have some extra claims therein, this number could add up to be something significant.