How can I determine if our company qualifies for small entity or micro entity discounted USPTO government fees?
Companies smaller than 500 employees may qualify for at least small entity status, and some small entities may further qualify for microentity status. The USPTO provides a form to allow a user to certify their entity status, which entitles the entity to discounted government fees when so certified. Generally, small entities are any company with less than 500 employees, and microentities are small entities that meet further, even more stringent requirements, as noted below.
To qualify as a micro entity, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
Source: See quote from the USPTO Publication from 2011.
Ralph P. Albrecht is a Partner with ATFirm PLLC. Please understand answers provided are of a general nature, cost estimates are merely estimates, and are subject to change without notice, and the information provided is not intended as legal advice, your results may vary. Views expressed are those of the author only, except as otherwise noted. Please see other Disclaimers below.