On April 18, 2023, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) updated the patent grant system to an electronic patent grant (“eGrant”) system. Previously, the USPTO issued patent grants to patent applicants via mail. In the mail system, applicants would typically receive their grant about two to four weeks after paying the issue fee for the patent. Soon, applicants will only have about a week from payment of the issue fee to file a continuing application.
Under the eGrant system, patents now issue electronically through the USPTO’s electronic patent application filing and management system (“Patent Center”). The eGrant system was put into place to reduce paper waste, permit issued patents to be viewable and printable by applicants and the public immediately upon issuance, and expediate the grant process. Read more