On Friday, December 10, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a proposed transition to officially issue U.S. patents and U.S. trademark registration certificates electronically in 2022. The USPTO will soon issue a notice of proposed rulemaking, which will request public comments on proposed revisions to the U.S. patnt rules to permit the electronic issuance of U.S. patents. (While it is unnecessary to similarly amend the U.S. trademark rules, the USPTO will also request public commentss on the proposed tranition to provide only electronic copies of U.S. registration certificates.) Read more
Friday, December 17 2021 \ Published by Lexology.