Small entity

The patent statutes distinguish two type of applicants, small entities and large entities for the determination of fees. Small entities often pay about half of what a large entity would for the same service. A small entity includes companies with less than 500 (employees, non-profit, and academic institutions). Often the term is used informally to distinguish the smaller, new and more entrepreneurial inventor entities from the older, larger established ones. A Canadian small entity has 50 or fewer employees.

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