Proposed fee adjustments specific to U.S. design patent applications, include the following:
- Filing fee: increase $20 (to $200);
- Search fee: increase $40 (to $160);
- Examination fee: increase $140 (to $600); and
- Issue Fee: increase $440 (to $1000).
The fees above, which are for a large entity, represent a total increase of $640, constitute a substantial fee increase for design patent applications as compared to the current fees.
The proposed fee adjustments also include fees related to international design applications.
Tables containing all of the USPTO's proposed fee adjustments are located at the following URL: http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/performance-and-planning/fee-setting-and-adjusting
The USPTO will make available online a webcast and transcript of the hearing at the above URL after the hearing.
In its Complaint, Hoist alleges “patent infringement, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment with regard to Hoist’s intellectual property rights.”
In its Complaint, Lumetique alleges that “Defendants manufacture, import, offer for sale, and sell certain candle products, including the Nature’s Light series of candles” that infringe two utility patents and two design patents. Specifically, the Complaint alleges that Defendants infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 8,961,171; 9,039,409; D643,554; and D644,359. By way of example, Figure 1 from D644,359 and Figure 1 from D643,554 are provided below, respectively:
According to the announcement, users can now use the Global Design Database to search industrial designs registered under the WIPO-administered Hague System*, as well as designs from the U.S., Japan, Spain, Canada, and New Zealand. WIPO indicates that it plans to add other countries’ design data “in the coming months.”
The Global Design Database includes a user-friendly customizable interface, including various search categories, filters, and sorting capabilities.
As of this posting, the Global Design Database reports contents of 1.2 million design documents drawn from among 153,044 Canadian designs, 479,755 Japanese designs, 482,444 U.S. designs, 93,683 Spanish designs, 44,132 New Zealand designs, and 40,762 International (Hague) designs.
*The WIPO-administered Hague System has been previously discussed on this blog (here, here, here, and here). More information about the Hague system can be found here.