Beginning on April 18, 2023, the Office began issuing and publishing patent grants electronically via the USPTO’s electronic patent application filing and management system (“Patent Center”). Because patents are issued electronically rather than on paper, the USPTO no longer physically delivers the patent grant by mailing it to the correspondence address.
For a limited transition period, shortly after the patent is issued, the USPTO will mail a single courtesy ceremonial paper copy of the issued patent to the correspondence address of record, free-of-charge. No requests for additional ceremonial paper copies will be entertained.
Patentees and the public will be able to print an unlimited number of copies of the electronically issued patent (including its cover sheet in color and any color drawings) at no charge through Patent Center on or after the issue date of the patent. In addition, certified copies and presentation copies (that is, a certified copy of the first page of an issued patent having a unique certification statement with a special ribbon and seal suitable for framing and display) will continue to be available for a fee through the USPTO Certified Copy Center.
For information how to print unlimited copies of the electronically issued patent please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center.
For information on ordering certified or presentation copies please contact the USPTO Certified Copy Center.
For more information on electronic patent grants see the Federal Register Notice 2023-03809 (USPTO Officially Transitions to Issuing Electronic Patent Grants in 2023, 88 FR 12560 (Feb. 28, 2023)), published on February 28, 2023, and the eGrant webpage.