Rules for Patent Maintenance Fees

OMB 0651-0016

OMB 0651-0016

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is submitting this request to update the information collection 0651-0016 Rules for Patent Maintenance Fees. The USPTO is proposing to remove a form associated with an existing information requirement that is currently approved: Petition to Accept Unavoidably Delayed Payment of Maintenance Fee in an Expired Patent (1.378(b)). Under 35 U.S.C. § 41 and 37 CFR 1.20(e)-(i) and 1.362-1.378, the USPTO charges fees for maintaining in force all utility patents based on applications filed on or after December 12, 1980. Payment of these maintenance fees is due at 3-1/2, 7-1/2, and 11-1/2 years after the date the patent was granted. If the USPTO does not receive payment of the appropriate maintenance fee and any applicable surcharge within a grace period of six months following each of the above intervals, the patent will expire and no longer be enforceable. The public uses this collection to submit patent maintenance fee payments, to file petitions regarding delayed or refused payments, and to designate an address to be used for fee-related correspondence.

The latest form for Rules for Patent Maintenance Fees expires 2021-09-30 and can be found here.

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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 2019-10-04
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 2018-11-05
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Revision of a currently approved collection 2018-07-27
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 2017-12-11
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Revision of a currently approved collection 2017-11-17
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 2016-01-29
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Revision of a currently approved collection 2015-05-28
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 2013-12-06
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 2013-09-24
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Revision of a currently approved collection 2012-03-27
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Revision of a currently approved collection 2009-01-27
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Revision of a currently approved collection 2002-11-27
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 2001-11-29
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Reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection 1999-10-08
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 1998-12-09
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Reinstatement with change of a previously approved collection 1996-05-31
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No material or nonsubstantive change to a currently approved collection 1993-02-26
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Revision of a currently approved collection 1993-02-24
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Revision of a currently approved collection 1992-08-10
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Revision of a currently approved collection 1989-09-08
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Revision of a currently approved collection 1986-12-09
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New collection (Request for a new OMB Control Number) 1984-08-10
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Maintenance Fee Transmittal Transactions

Federal Enterprise Architecture: Economic Development - Intellectual Property Protection

Form PTO/SB/45Maintenance Fee Transmittal Formwww.uspto.gov/forms/sb0045.pdfForm

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