the micro entity qualification is that you make less than 150k annually and also that you have only file 3 prior patents I believe, let me try to confirm that
the costs are half for micro vs. small entity I believe, so it is a big savings
there is a form that you must fill out and submit to the PTO in order to qualify for it
it is actually a max of 4 patent applications (not including provisionals)
see if this link works (The PTO form): http://www.google.com/url?sa =t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uspto.gov%2Fforms%2Fsb0015a.pdf&ei=78HlUcmENaPeiAL37YGACA&usg=AFQjCNGOaVL7FPachbcgxJN3KqpsatmPXw&sig2=pHiyo65k0G5aHm8bC2x2-g&bvm=bv.49405654,d.cGE
The folks at Brown & Michaels have provided a concise write-up to help inventors and small companies understand whether they qualify for Micro-Entity-Status and the resulting fee reduction. http://www.bpmlegal.com/howsmall.html
The basic questions are:
In addition to the Brown & Michaels site above, the next stop for further reading is the USPTO's final rules published in the Federal Register at 77 Fed. Reg. 75019.
The big deal here is that micro-entities receive a 75% reduction in USPTO fees.
sorry I have to step away but I will get back to you later if you need more info (just leave your question)
Hi Alex - I can't read your reply because the response window for your response is so small. Have you heard similar complaints? Know any fixes?
Are you able to see my main response above? I am re-posting here:
Alex Reese :
yesAlex Reese :
see if this link works (The PTO form): http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCsQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.us pto.gov%2Fforms%2Fsb0015a.pdf&ei=78HlUcmENaPeiAL37YGACA&usg=AFQjCNGOaVL7FPachbcgxJN3KqpsatmPXw&sig2=pHiyo65k0G5aHm8bC2x2-g&bvm=bv.49405654,d.cGE
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