Definitions for "Small entity"
a taxpayer that is neither a medium or large 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 and non-profit and academic institutions. Often the term is used informally to distinguish the smaller, newer and more entrepreneurial inventor entities, from the older, larger established ones.
A status recognized by the U.S. Patent Office as qualifying for a reduced fee on most routine filings. The three types of small entities are independent inventors, nonprofit companies and small businesses. Additional qualifications within these categories may apply.
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