The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has begun issuing electronic patent grants (eGrants) for all patents as of 18 April 2023. The USPTO will no longer issue hardcopy paper patents by default. The new official statutory patent grant is the eGrant which will be accessible through the USPTO’s Patent Center. However, during a transition period the USPTO will provide ceremonial copies (i.e. paper copies of the electronic patent grant). After the transition period is over, such ceremonial copies will be available for purchase from the USPTO.
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