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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD21 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Changes to USPTO Rules to Enhance Electronic Filing 
Abstract: USPTO is proposing to amend its regulations to provide alternate locations to receive patent applications filed electronically and accommodate enhancements for electronic filing. The changes are to allow flexibility in locations for its servers to provide continuity of services and other enhancements for electronic filing. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Info./Admin./Other 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2020 
NPRM Comment Period End  12/00/2020 
Final Action  03/00/2021 
Final Action Effective  05/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Mark Polutta
Senior Legal Advisor, Office of Patent Legal Administration
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P.O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313
Phone:571 272-7709
Fax:571 273-7709