New from USPTO: Practitioner Maintenance Fee and Online Roster Updates

March 20, 2009 Published Work
NYIPLA Bulletin, March/April 2009

The USPTO has adopted a rule to implement an annual practitioner maintenance fee. This rule was included in a set of proposed rules published in 2003 and the Final Rule became effective on December 17, 2008.
Practitioners also will soon be able to update their entries on the USPTO roster through the OED home page accessible at The USPTO calls this "self-managing your information." In order to facilitate sending out notices regarding the new maintenance fee, the USPTO has reminded all practitioners to review and update their contact information on the official roster of attorneys and agents. When the ability to update roster information is implemented later this Spring, a practitioner may review his/her maintenance fee status, change addresses for regular mail and e-mail, and pay the practitioner maintenance fee online.