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Micro-Entity Validator Tool Now Online


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Online Utility Checks Micro-Entity Status for Patent Fee Calculations

Wondering if your research faculty or independent inventor qualifies for the new 75% discount in patent fees?  We put together a micro-entity validator utility that asks a number of questions to determine whether micro-entity status is a possibility.  As you might expect, this drastic reduction in fees isn’t available to everyone.  The most common beneficiaries will be:

  1. University faculty researchers; and
  2. Independent inventors that made less than $150,162 in 2012 and are named on less than 5 patent applications.

There are a number of traps to watch out for.  Even if you think you might have micro-entity status, run it by a competent patent practitioner to be sure.

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