USPTO Delays Effective Date of Non-DOCX Filing Fee

On Thursday, December 29, 2022, the USPTO announced that they are delaying the effective date of the non-DOCX filing fee until April 3, 2023.

This final rule is effective December 29, 2022. The change to 37 CFR 1.16(u) in amendatory instruction 2.i., published at 85 FR 46932 on August 3, 2020, is applicable only to nonprovisional utility applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111 on or after April 3, 2023.

You can find the full text of the final rule in the Federal Register and on the USPTO’s Patent Related Notices webpage.