PVPO Services and Fees

The total cost of protection is $5,150. This price includes $4,382 for the application and examination; and the certificate fee of $768. These fees are subject to change. A complete list of itemized fees is provided below.

Fees are payable in advance: Fees and charges shall be paid at the time of making application or at the time of submitting a request for any action by the office for which a fee or charge is payable and established. The best method of payment is using the ePVP System or Pay.gov. These methods of payment eliminate paper usage, reduce postage costs, increases efficiency, and reduces turnaround times. The PVPO strongly encourages the use of these methods for all fee payments.  Checks and money orders payable to "Treasurer of the United States.”

PVPO Services and Fees



Application: Filing, examination, and certificate issuance *


Submission of new application data prior to issuance of certificate


Granting extensions for responding to data requests


Reconsideration of application


Revival of an abandoned application


Appeals: Filing a petition for protest to Commissioner


Appeal to Secretary (refundable if appeal overturns protest to Commissioner)


* Refunds pursuant to 97.178 may be issued for portions of the initial application fees as follows:  examination - $3,864 and certificate issuance - $768

Field inspections or other services requiring travel by a representative of the Plant Variety Protection Office, made at the request of the applicant, shall be reimbursable in full (including travel, per diem or subsistence, salary, and administrative costs), in accordance with the standardized government travel regulations.

Any other service not covered in this section, including, but not limited to, reproduction of records, authentication, correction, or reissuance of a certificate, recordation or revision of assignment, late fees will be charged for at rates prescribed by the Commissioner, but in no event shall they exceed $97 per employee hour.  Charges will also be made for materials, space, and administrative costs.

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