USPTO Bills Applicant $1,249,075 in Excess Claim Fees
The EEJD Blog points out that "The 'Pre-Exam Formalities Notice' indicates a $999,600 fee for 9,996 independent claims over 3, and a $249,475 fee for 9,979 total claims over 20. Apparently, either the PTO system is unable to process more than 9,999 claims, or the PTO stops charging for claims greater than 9,999," writes Brandon Rash.
With just 453 pages of written description, "there were 1441 pages worth of claims," writes Canadian Patent Attorney Sander Gelsing at the Now, Why Didn’t I Think of That Blog:
I do note that all the inventors are Canadian and that the first-listed inventor is Dr. William Hunter - President and CEO of Canadian based Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
However, had they filed an application with 13,305 claims in Canada, the filing fee would have been a mere $200 for a small entity; and that’s Canadian dollars. Unlike the USPTO, our Patent Office does not charge an additional fee based on the number of claims.