Patent portfolio managers will see immediate financial effects from the newly passed America Invents Act, and face short-term difficulties managing their portfolios due to increased uncertainty over the next several months. Filing, prosecuting and maintaining patents will become more expensive as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) levies a 15% surcharge on most fees. As the USPTO evaluates its financial needs over the next several months, cost fluctuations are likely. There is some good news for some small inventors, however, as overall costs may decrease.
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