Patent Holder Information

When accessing maintenance fee information, the Patent Holder Information is actually the information for the Fee Address. While I understand much of the public may not identify with "Fee Address," labeling this as the "Patent Holder" isn't appropriate either. I would like to suggest a revision to something similar to Fee Payer Information. This way if the information is for a law firm or annuity provider, it will ...more »

Submitted by (@dphipps)
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Modernization of EFS-Web

Enable change of entity status when paying maintenance fees

Maintenance fees are associated with the entity size at the time issue fee is paid. As patents are acquired and company sizes change, the entity size can change during the patent term.


Please let us select entity size change through the fee payment system, rather than requiring a separate communication.

Submitted by (@judiths)


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