Certificates of Correction for Patents Are to be Issued Electronically
The USPTO will begin issuing certificates of correction for patents electronically, similar to electronic patent grants, on January 30, 2024. Further details can be found here.
Non-DOCX Filing Fee to Start on 1/17/2024
Starting January 17, 2024, specification, claims and abstracts not filed in DOCX format will incur a non-DOCX surcharge of up to $400 for this filing type. The option for applicants to upload a backup PDF version of their application with their DOCX version remains available. There are no fees associated with providing the backup PDF. Further details can be found here.
New Three-Month Deadline for Responding to Office Actions in US Trademark Applications
Effective December 3, 2022, trademark applicants only have three months (shortened from the previous six months) to respond to an office action issued during the examination of a trademark application. An extension for another three months can be requested before the end of the three-month due date. This same change will go into effect for post-registration office actions on October 7, 2023. More detailed information can be found here.
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