Seventy-Three Patent Practitioners

About forty-six comments have been filed in response to USPTO’s recent notice of proposed rulemaking regarding patent fees.  One of the comments is filed by “Seventy-three patent practitioners”.  Here is the opening paragraph of their letter:

We write as patent practitioners to comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2020.  The signatories are members of several email listserv groups, a community of patent practitioners. The signatories taken together filed about 20,000 patent applications at the PTO during the past ten years, and paid about $50 million in fees to the PTO in the past ten years.

I am honored to be among the signers of that letter.

On a quick skim, it appears that every comment to this NPRM (including the comment cited above) that touches in any way on the non-DOCX surcharge is critical of USPTO’s effort to try to force applicants to file patent applications in DOCX format through imposition of a $400 penalty for failure to do so.  

In future blog articles I will try to excerpt and summarize some of the views expressed in the comments.

3 Replies to “Seventy-Three Patent Practitioners”

  1. And thanks to you, Carl, for giving us ‘in the trenches’ patent folks a place (albeit electronic) to learn from each other & help each other — very much appreciated as a sole practitioner!

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