Effective October 1, 2018, replenishments received without a reference to a valid deposit account number will be handled as follows:

  • Check replenishments will be mailed back to the originator unprocessed;
  • Wire replenishments will be held for a period of one month; if we do not receive instructions for posting within one month the funds will be returned to the originator via wire; and
  • We will no longer send periodic courtesy email notifications to Funds Managers for deposit accounts that may have submitted one or more unidentified replenishments.

Note: These changes do not affect the existing EFT replenishment process (including auto-replenishments) made via stored EFT within the USPTO’s Financial Manager system. See the Replenish funds section for more information.

Deposit account rules and information

Deposit accounts are pre-paid accounts that attorneys, agents, and the general public can establish to conveniently pay fees to the USPTO. This eliminates the need to send payment by check, credit card, or other methods each time a fee is required. An added benefit is that a pre-authorization to charge a deposit account may also be used to satisfy any deficiency in payment, thus preserving the original filing date or payment date.

For inquiries related to deposit accounts, please contact the Deposit Account Branch at 571-272-6500 or RADHelpdesk@uspto.gov.

For inquiries related to Financial Manager, please email FeesHelp@uspto.gov or call 800-786-9199 or 571-272-1000 (select option 3, then option 4).