Continuation (CON) Patent Application

Continuation (CON) Patent Application

What's the difference between Micro, Small, and Large Entities

The difference comes from the size of your company. The requirements for each are:

Micro Entity

  • Not named on more than 4 previously filed applications
  • Gross income on last years tax filing does not exceed $150,162
  •  Under no obligation to assign/grant/convey a license/ownership to another entity that does not meet the income requirements.

Small Entity

  • A nonprofit organization OR less than 500 employees
  • Have not assigned/licensed/conveyed an interest in the invention to a non-small entity

Large Entity

Large entities pay the heights fees at the USPTO. There are no qualification to be a large entity. If you do not qualify as a micro entity or a small entity you are a large entity.