The hub-bub on the INTA Listserv is about pending fee increases at the PTO (the Patent Bar is upset that patent fee diversion to other branches of government will apparently continue – see here).
The per-class trademark filing fee will likely go to $375 however electronic filing will remain at $335. Interestingly, there will be a reduction to $275 for electronic filing that meets ‘additional requirements.’ One rumor is that the additional requriements will consist of prosecuting the entire application electronically (fair enough – I do that already).
More tantalizing is the rumor that the reduced fee will be available to applications that select descriptions of goods and services from a pre-existing list.
Assuming that the list is comprehensive enough (nice assumption), then I can only say amen to that.