April 2017 | No. 04/2017



The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued an alert concerning enhancements in the deposit account transaction security for paper fee payments and authorizations. Effective 15 March 2017, any charge to a deposit account appearing on a paper filed by mail, facsimile transmission, or a PDF document filed in EFS-Web, TEAS, or other storefronts, must be signed by a person listed in the USPTO’s Financial Manager system as having fee payer permissions.  A paper authorization signed by anyone other than a deposit account fee payer in Financial Manager will not be accepted and the fee will not be considered paid.  Details can be found in the USPTO Official Gazette notice published on 14 February 2017 at:




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