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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD54 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Electronic Patent Issuance 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is revising the rules of practice to implement electronic patent publication. Under the rule changes, letters patents and reexamination certificates would be issued through the Patent Application Image Retrieval (PAIR) system rather than mailed to the correspondence address of record. The rule change would also provide that patentees who wish to receive a paper copy or multiple paper copies of their letters patent from the Office by mail may request a paper letters patent copy(ies) for a fee for each copy requested.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2021 
NPRM Comment Period End  01/00/2022 
Final Action  05/00/2022 
Final Action Effective  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Raul Tamayo
Senior Legal Advisor
Department of Commerce
Patent and Trademark Office
P. O. Box 1450,
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Phone:571 272-7728
Fax:571 273-7728