Great news! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that trademark application filing fees will be reduced by $50 per class effective January 17, 2015. The USPTO fee for standard electronic filings will be $275. The USPTO fee for electronic filings that use previously-accepted goods and services wording will be $225.

Application filing dates are important, so we do NOT recommend delaying any new applications until January 17 in order to take advantage of the reduced fees. It’s always best to file ASAP after a mark is cleared through searching, especially if the mark is not yet in use.

Further, the USPTO fee for renewing a registration will be reduced from $400 to $300 per class. If your renewal deadline falls after January 15, you may as well wait until then to file for renewal and save a few bucks.