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Can I pay my 3rd maintenance fee as a Micro entity

Can I pay my 3rd maintenance fee as a Micro entity
« on: November 25, 2016, 06:14:52 AM »
My 3rd maintenace fee is due and its very expensive, $3700. Im currently listed as a small entity. Can I pay my fee as a micro entity? Micro entity fee is half as much.

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Re: Can I pay my 3rd maintenance fee as a Micro entity
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 03:00:24 PM »
Yes.  Assuming you qualify as micro entity (see this free calculator)
http://microentitycalculator.com/


You would also have to file the micro entity form:
https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/forms/sb0015a.pdf


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Re: Can I pay my 3rd maintenance fee as a Micro entity
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2016, 06:55:57 PM »
I completed the Micro entity calculator. Afterwards it received an Micro Entity Calculator Documents email. My question is do I print these documents out and mail them in where ever they were supposed to go, or were they sent in to where ever they are supposed to go as pdf files by the micro entity calculator?

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Re: Can I pay my 3rd maintenance fee as a Micro entity
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2016, 11:47:33 AM »
You should first file this form with the patent office:
https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/forms/sb0015a.pdf

Note that is you do not have a digital profile and account with the patent office you will have to mail them the form.  I would call Application Assistance for free help on this:  Toll-Free: 888-786-0101

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