Official fees for Trademarks, Patents and Designs are to be increased in two stages–in August and October 2017. The increase will be approximately 40% (on average) on most items, with higher increases (about 100%) for recording assignments and changes of name. On the other hand, the increase regarding annuities is expected to be lower (about 20%).
Furthermore, a new fee will be introduced corresponding to the voluntary accelerated examination of patent applications.
The new official fees have not been confirmed since the PTO is yet to release an official announcement regarding these increases.