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USPTO Announces COVID-19 Deferred-Fee Provisional Patent Application Pilot Program - Intellectual Property News

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Posted on: Oct 19, 2020

From The United States Patent and Trademark Office:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced a collaborative deferred-fee provisional patent application pilot program for inventions that combat COVID-19.

The USPTO recognizes that its mission to issue high-quality patents to inventors goes hand-in-hand with dissemination of important scientific information to the public to promote further innovation. This information flow is now more important than ever in view of the urgent challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the pilot program, applicants may defer payment of the provisional application filing fee until the filing of a corresponding, non-provisional application. Read more.

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