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DOC/PTO RIN: 0651-AD59 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●Establishing Permanent Electronic Filing For Patent Term Extension Applications 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is amending the Rules of Practice in Patent Cases to require patent term extension (PTE) applications and all related follow-on documents to be submitted electronically by way of the Office electronic filing system. The proposed rule would reduce administrative burden on PTE applicants. It also would further advance the USPTO’s IT strategy to achieve complete end-to-end electronic processing of patent-related submissions, thereby improving administrative efficiency by facilitating electronic file management, optimizing workflow processes, and reducing processing errors.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 37 CFR 1.740    37 CFR 1.790   
Legal Authority: 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/06/2022  87 FR 27043   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/05/2022 
Final Action  11/00/2022 
Final Action Effective  12/00/2022 
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