IP Maintenance Programs

IP Maintenance Programs

McHale | Slavin's Critical Dates department is dedicated exclusively to monitoring patent and trademark renewal dates. The United States charges a maintenance fee at the 3½, 7½ and 11½ year from the date of patent issuance that must be paid in order to maintain a U.S. patent in force for its full term. In addition, most foreign countries charge a yearly annuity which must be paid while an application is pending and after patent issuance in order to maintain the patent in force for its full term. The United States requires that trademarks be renewed at the 6-year and 10-year anniversary dates, and most foreign countries have 10-year and 20-year trademark renewal dates. All such fees must be paid during a "payment window" in order to meet the government requirements; prepayment is not possible.

Multinational companies with an IP portfolio that includes multiple patents and trademarks require a firm capable of providing timely reminders and the secure transfer of monies in a manner that is most convenient to the company. Our firm also provides watch services for monitoring of improvement and/or infringing patent and trademark applications or registrations. Contact us for additional information or to schedule a consultation.