December 30, 2022by Element IP

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a final rule in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020, that would require a fee for patent applications not filed in DOCX format, except for design, plant, or provisional applications. As recently as December 20, 2022, the USPTO indicated that this new fee was scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2023. However, the USPTO announced on December 29, 2022, that it is (further) delaying the effective date of this fee until April 3, 2023.

The Federal Register Notice is available here.

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