MPEP Q & A 139: Fees the Office Might Refund

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Question:

What fees might the Office refund?

Answer:

The Office may refund:

  • A fee paid by mistake (e.g., fee paid when no fee is required); or
  • Any fee paid in excess of the amount of fee that is required.

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 600 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Parts, form and content of application.

The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 607.02 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 607.02.

607.02 Returnability of Fees

This section covers the returnability of fees. This includes the manner of making a refund, the time period for requesting a refund, fees paid by deposit accounts, later establishment of small entity status, and refund of the search fee and excess claims fee.