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Patents, Trademarks to Be Issued Digitally in 2022, PTO Says

Dec. 10, 2021, 5:04 PM

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will begin to issue digital patent and trademark registrations in 2022, acting director Drew Hirshfeld announced in a Friday blog post.

The changes will reduce the time it takes the agency to send out patents and trademark registrations and cut down the amount of paper the PTO uses, Hirshfeld said. Paper copies will still be available for a $25 fee.

“Like so many other service agencies and organizations, it is imperative that our business practices evolve to meet the needs of inventors and entrepreneurs who look to our agency to help safeguard their ...