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*[[Technology Financing Paper]]
Also called "maintenance fees", since December 12, 1980, all utility patents filed with the USPTO are subject to renewal fees. These fees are due 3.5, 5.5 and 11.5 years from the date of the patent grant. []
Wikipedia claims that patents filed under the Patent Cooperation treaty are not subject to renewal fees. But the source does not back this claim. []
Prior to Section 532(a)(1) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, enacted on June 8, 1995, patents had a term of 17 years from granting. Subsequent to this date they had a term of 20 years from application.[]
==Calculating Expiration==
Note that these calculations ignore priority date, the (rare) cases where a patent's term is disclaimed, and the (very rare) cases when all of the claims of a patent are cancelled during a re-examination.[]
*If a patent was filed before 12th December 1980 (~1981), it has a 17 year term from granting and wasn't subject to renewal and couldn't be granted additional time for processing delays, etc.
*If a patent was filed after 12th December 1980 but before 8th June 1995 (~1995) patents could be renewed 3 times to a full term of 17 years from granting.
*A patent filed after 8th June 1995 a patent could be renewed 3 times to a full term of 20 years from application.
*A patent filed after 29th May 2000 was eligible for Patent Term Adjustment provisions of 35 U.S.C. § 154(b).[] The average patent term adjustment is now approximately 600 days. In 2005 it was approximately 200 days. [] However, this will not affect the calculation of patent expirations until 2020.
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