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US Patent Alert: USPTO To Stop Issuing Granted Patents On Paper

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will begin electronic patent issuance on April 18, 2023. The USPTO will stop issuing patents on paper and will no longer mail patents as part of the patent issuance process.

Instead, the USPTO will issue electronic patent grants (eGrants) through the Patent Center, the USPTO's electronic patent application filing and management system. The patentee can view and print the complete issued patent from the Patent Center. While the USPTO will mail a ceremonial paper copy of the eGrant for a transition period after April 18, the eGrant will be considered the official statutory patent grant according to the USPTO. (See eGrants | USPTO).

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