Monday, 03 January 2022 13:56

Electronic Issuance of U.S. Patents and U.S. Trademark Registrations

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently announced that it will transition to the electronic issuance of patents and  trademark registrations in 2022. Such “digital certificates” have been the norm in many foreign countries for years.


Currently, the USPTO delivers or mails a printed patent to the correspondence address of record upon issuance. By switching to digital, physical delivery will be replaced by issuance via the USPTO’s patent document viewing systems. Patentees would be able to download and print their electronically issued patents. According to the USPTO, this change will expedite the process of patent issuance to within one week of the patent number being assigned.


With respect to trademarks, the USPTO anticipates that the transition to digital delivery will begin later in 2022.  Electronically-issued certificates are expected to speed the registration process by at least two weeks.


For those who prefer an official certificate, however, the USPTO will continue to print them upon request for $25 per copy.

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Kelly Malloy

Ms. Malloy earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, and is currently a J.D. Candidate at the University of Miami School of Law concentrating on intellectual property. At Miami Law, Ms. Malloy serves as President of the Student Bar Association and is on the University of Miami Law Review. Ms. Malloy also served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, President of the Inter-Club Council, Executive Board Secretary of the Student Bar Association, and 1L Senator during her time at Miami Law. For her time in these roles, Ms. Malloy received the Joseph H. Bogosian Student Leadership Award. As a result of her dedication to her coursework, Ms. Malloy is in the top 10% of her class, received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, received the Litigation Skills Adjunct Faculty Scholarship, and was awarded the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement in her Patent Law course. Ms. Malloy is a law clerk at the firm and assists attorneys by drafting patent applications, performing legal research, and preparing for litigation.