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|Top of Notices (92) December 27, 2011||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1373 CNOG 414|
|Fees, Deposit Accounts, Credit Cards, Refunds, etc.||Referenced Items (77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100)|
(92) Maintenance Fee Statements are No Longer being Mailed for Maintenance Fees Paid over the Internet Maintenance fees can be paid by deposit account, credit card and electronic funds transfer (EFT) using the "Office of Finance On-Line Shopping Page" on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Internet Web site. When a maintenance fee is paid using the USPTO Internet Web site, a Web page becomes available that provides a Maintenance Fee Statement. That Web page displays the official USPTO Maintenance Fee Statement and must be printed in order to obtain a paper copy. The USPTO will only mail Maintenance Fee Statements for payments made by mail, facsimile or hand-delivery; and will not mail Maintenance Fee Statements for payments made over the Internet. On April 17, 2004, the USPTO Internet Web site was enhanced by making the Internet Maintenance Fee Statement Web page the official Maintenance Fee Statement for maintenance fees paid over the Internet. Prior to April 17, 2004, the Maintenance Fee Branch of the USPTO would print a Maintenance Fee Statement and mail it out to the fee address in response to a maintenance fee paid over the Internet. As the USPTO is discontinuing this practice for maintenance fees paid over the Internet, the USPTO Internet Web site now makes clear that the Web page available for obtaining a Maintenance Fee Statement must be printed in order to obtain a paper copy. In addition, the USPTO has added the fee address of record to the information provided by Internet Maintenance Fee Statements. Prior to April 17, 2004, some patentees and their representatives desired that the USPTO send a mailed copy of a Maintenance Fee Statement because the Internet Maintenance Fee Statement did not include the fee address information provided by the mailed copy. Further, prior to April 17, 2004, the USPTO Internet Web site referred to Internet Maintenance Fee Statements as "interim" statements. Now that Internet Maintenance Fee Statements include the relevant fee address information and are official statements, there should be no reason to prefer a mailed copy. Questions regarding patent maintenance fees should be directed to the Maintenance Fee Branch at (703) 308-5068. Questions concerning this notice should be directed to Tamara McClure by telephone at (703) 308-5075, by facsimile at (703) 308-6778, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. May 12, 2004 MICHELLE PICARD Director, Office of Finance [1283 OG 108]