The USPTO has proposed a new fee schedule which will significantly increase some fees.  Fees that will increase include the current filing, search, examination fees for utility applications (by 28%), fees for excess independent claims (by 68%), and requests for continued examination (RCE).  RCE fees will increase from $930/$465 to $1200/$600 for the first RCE, and $1700/$850 for subsequent RCE’s.  Maintenance fees will also be significantly increased by 45%.  Comments on the proposed fee schedule will be accepted through early November.  For more information on the proposed fees, please visit:  “http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/Proposed_Fee_Schedule.pdf (proposed fees)”:http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/Proposed_Fee_Schedule.pdf