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USPTO moves to electronically granted patents

On December 15, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) proposed a rule to primarily publish granted patents electronically and cease to publish a paper copy of the patent as a matter of course (see 86 FR 71209). . (An official printed copy can still be obtained by paying an additional fee after issuance.) When a patent is electronically published, it immediately becomes available through the USPTO’s electric document viewing system (e.g., Public and Private Pair, USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database, etc.). This rule will also likely apply to other issue-adjacent events (e.g., reexamination certificates, certificates of correction, etc.) Read more…