Please note that the information on this webpage will continue to be updated, as additional information becomes available.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is issuing electronic patent grants (eGrants) for all patents with an issue date on or after April 18, 2023. eGrants are available through Patent Center, the USPTO's electronic patent application filing and management system, which includes patent document viewing.

Patent grants will no longer be issued on paper, and as a result, they will no longer be mailed to the correspondence address of record as part of the patent issuance process. Instead, the patentee will be able to view and print the complete issued patent from Patent Center immediately upon issue. During a transition period, the USPTO will provide a paper copy of the electronic patent grant as a ceremonial copy, delivered to the patentee’s correspondence address of record. The electronic patent grant is the official statutory patent grant.

Electronic grants

  • Utilize the Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Mirror the appearance of the currently produced bound patent grants
  • Use an encrypted certification/validation technology

Benefits of electronic grants

  • Provides electronic grants to patentee and public as a certified PDF on the day of issue
  • Streamlines the patent grant process, minimizes paper waste, and provides the opportunity to reduce pendency
  • Minimizes printing and mailing, potentially reducing patent pendency
  • Increases printing flexibility and choice for patentee and public

eGrant example

  • To fully view and see validation information for the eGrant example, please (1) open example of eGrant, (2) download the file to your computer, and (3) open with a PDF-viewing application.

Additional resources

Contact information

If you have questions or would like to provide feedback, please email 

For technical issues or troubleshooting with accessing eGrants, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at or 866-217-9197, Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - midnight ET.