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Headquartered within steps of the USPTO with an affiliate office in Tokyo, Oblon is one of the largest law firms in the United States focused exclusively on intellectual property law.

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1968
Norman Oblon with Stanley Fisher and Marvin Spivak launched what was to become Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, LLP, one of the nation's leading full-service intellectual property law firms.

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Outside the US, we service companies based in Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and farther corners of the world. Our culturally aware attorneys speak many languages, including Japanese, French, German, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Chinese.

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Oblon's professionals provide industry-leading IP legal services to many of the world's most admired innovators and brands.

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The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued final rules implementing the inventor's oath or declaration provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) on August 14, 2012.

USPTO Reiterates January 17, 2024 as the Effective Date of the Non-DOCX Filing Fee

  • December 22, 2023
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Since our previous communication of June 5, 2023, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced in an email to stakeholders that it is pressing ahead with implementation of the $400 non-DOCX filing (surcharge) fee effective January 17, 2024.

Recall that regular U.S. utility nonprovisional application filings not filed in DOCX format will incur a $400 USPTO surcharge starting on January 17, 2024.  However, U.S. provisional, design, and national stage applications may still be filed in PDF format on or after January 17, 2024, without incurring the $400 USPTO surcharge. 

The USPTO also reiterated that “[t]he option for applicants to provide a backup PDF, or auxiliary PDF, version of their application with their DOCX version remains available. There are no fees associated with providing the backup PDF.”  This information also appears on the USPTO’s DOCX information page, available here.  And according to a previous announcement from the USPTO, available here, “should applicants prefer, they can rely on the backup PDF to verify the substance of their original filing,” however, “there is no obligation to provide one.”

We will keep you updated as more information about the USPTO DOCX transition becomes available.