Saturday, December 28, 2013

USPTO Updated ADS Form and Forms to Revive a Lapsed Patent or an Abandoned Application Under Patent Law Treaty

The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) entered into force in the United States on December 18, 2013. The PLT is a multilateral treaty to harmonize patent procedures, the form and content of patent applications, and legal representation. My first impression is that it generally helps applicants when they make mistakes.

For example, the USPTO recently notified me that they had new USPTO forms to implement PLT procedures to revive a lapsed patent or an abandoned application:

The USPTO says for help in submitting forms using the electronic filing system (EFS) call the patent electronic business center (EBC) from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight (ET) Monday - Friday at 1-866-217-9197 or send an email to For information on the forms, email

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