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The USPTO has announced a further delay of the fee for patent
applications that are not filed in DOCX format.
Originally set to take effect January 1, 2022, and then delayed to
January 1, 2023, the USPTO now has delayed the effective date to
April 3, 2023. This means applicants and legal
teams returning from winter holiday vacations won’t be forced
to file utility patent applications in DOCX format or pay an
additional $400 (large entity), but will have a few more months to
get comfortable with the DOCX filing and validation process.
As set forth in the Federal Register Notice, applicants are
“strongly encouraged” to begin filing patent applications
in DOCX format now, before the new fee takes effect. The USPTO has
offered and continues to offer DOCX
training sessions and other resources.
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