MPEP Q & A 26: Information Submitted When Paying Maintenance Fee

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Question:

List two pieces of information regarding the patent that should be submitted when paying the maintenance fee.

Answer:

The information regarding the patent that should be submitted with the maintenance fee includes:

  • the fee year
  • the amount of the maintenance fee and any surcharge being submitted
  • any assigned customer number
  • whether small entity status is being changed or claimed with the payment
  • the telephone number of person submitting the fee
  • the patent number
  • the application number

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 2500 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Maintenance fees.

The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or may not be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 2515 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 2515.

2515 Information Required for Submission of Maintenance Fee Payment

This section establishes the guidelines for the submission of maintenance fees. It covers who may pay the fees and the identification required with the maintenance fee payment.

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