USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence v ia patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

by John Roberts on May 6, 2020

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USPTO to allow filing of plant patent applications and correspondence via patent electronic filing systems in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it will temporarily permit the filing of plant patent applications and follow-on documents via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems (EFS-Web or Patent Center) until further notice. Filers are reminded that only registered users of the USPTO patent electronic filing systems may file follow-on documents into existing applications via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems.

The USPTO considers the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183. The requirements for filing such plant patent applications and follow-on documents via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems were developed to assist filers and facilitate the USPTO’s identification and processing of the plant patent applications and follow-on documents during the pandemic.

Read more details in the ebc. Inquiries regarding plant applications may be directed to Shubo (Joe) Zhou, Supervisory Patent Examiner, by telephone: 571-272-0724.

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