Rush to Avoid Increased Fees Will Hurt the USPTO
Those rushing to pay fees before September 26, 2011, will save 15%, but the Patent Office will not have access to that money. The budgetary calendar resets on October 1, 2011, which marks the start of Fiscal Year 2012. While the America Invents Act does not put an end to fee diversion key Congressmen in the House of Representatives pledged that they would allow the USPTO to keep 100% of the user fees collected. Thus, presumably, fees paid starting October 1, 2011, would go to the USPTO to use for the purpose intended by the payor; namely the examination of applications and ongoing business operations of the agency.