• What browsers does EFS-Web support?

    IE 11, Firefox 42. While Chrome 46 is supported in Financial Manager, EFS-Web does not support Chrome 46. For more info, see EFS-Web System Requirements

  • Is the old EFS-Web payment process still available?

    Yes, the old payment process will remain available for a limited time to allow customers time to transition. Eventually, this will be phased out and all EFS-Web customers will use the new USPTO payment page to check out.

  • Are my uspto.gov account credentials the same as my PKI certificate credentials?

    No, your uspto.gov account credentials are not the same as your PKI certificate credentials. The uspto.gov account is a new sign-in service that will eventually allow you to access various USPTO tools online. It is currently replacing the deposit account number/access code and EFT profile name/password credentials required to pay fees. It also allows you to sign in to Financial Manager and the Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront. As other USPTO online tools connect to the uspto.gov accounts, it will continue to gradually consolidate various USPTO sign-ins.

  • Why can’t I set up a fee preauthorization/general authorization? How do I set up a fee preauthorization/general authorization?

    The option to set up a fee preauthorization (also known as a general authorization) is only available to signed-in users who have the Fee Payer permission for a stored deposit account in Financial Manager.

  • Will I get a receipt after I submit the payment?

    After submitting the payment, you will be redirected to EFS-Web where a receipt will be presented as confirmation of submission. There will also be links to E-mail, Print, or Save the receipt.

  • What is the recommended workflow if I don’t already have an uspto.gov account?

    We recommend that you pay as a guest; the guest options include credit card, deposit account, and EFT (until June 30). You will have to manually enter the account and access code for DA, the EFT profile name / password, or card information for payment.

  • What happens when I select to use the New USPTO payment page?

    The page will redirect to the new Payment Page sign in screen. There will be options to “Sign in” or “Pay as Guest.” Customers that already have uspto.gov accounts can sign in and select to use a stored payment method from Financial Manager. If you do not have a uspto.gov account or do not have a stored payment method in Financial Manager, we recommend you select Pay as Guest. If you wish to set up a uspto.gov account and store a payment method in Financial Manager, we recommend doing so at a later time, as EFS-Web may time out by the time you create an account and add a stored payment method.

  • With the new integration of EFS-Web and Financial Manager, are there any changes with the electronic filing process in EFS-Web?

    No, the only changes you’ll see are in the payment process. For a limited time, the Pay Fees screen in EFS-Web will offer the option for you to check out using the old system or the new USPTO payment page. Eventually, this will be phased out and all EFS-Web customers will use the new USPTO payment page to check out.  

  • If I use a credit/debit card to pay multiple fees at once, will they all appear on one entry on my credit/debit card statement?

    When you pay multiple fees at once, the transaction will appear as one entry on your credit/debit card statement. Your itemized receipt will include details about fees paid, patent/application number, and attorney docket number. You can also retrieve transaction details in Financial Manager.

  • Can I use my card to initiate a general authorization to charge any deficiency in the payment of required fee(s)?

    No. You must specify the amount to be charged to your credit or debit card for each payment transaction. The USPTO will not accept a general authorization to charge fees to a credit or debit card; this option is available for deposit accounts only.

  • Why can’t I use my credit or debit card to replenish my deposit account?

    Due to the Department of the Treasury rules, cards are only available for fee payments. Replenishments are not considered fee payments as there has not been an exchange of goods or services.

  • Can I split my large-dollar transactions into more than one credit card payment?

    Fee Payers are prohibited from splitting the total amount due into multiple credit card payments. Splitting an amount owed into several payment transactions violates the credit card network and the Department of the Treasury rules. An amount owed in excess of the daily spending limit may not be split into two or more payment transactions in the same day by using one or multiple credit cards. Additionally, an amount owed that exceeds the daily spending limit may not be split into two or more transactions over multiple days by using one or more credit cards.

    Existing alternatives for submitting large dollar payments are debit card, deposit account, electronic funds transfer (EFT) on uspto.gov, and wire transfer.

  • How do I use a credit or debit card to make a payment?

    Most fees can be paid with a credit or debit card using Online Services at uspto.gov. For credit or debit card payments submitted outside of uspto.gov (i.e., fax, mail, or hand-delivery), use the Credit Card Payment Form (PTO-2038). If the credit or debit card number appears on any form or document other than the PTO-2038, the USPTO will not be liable in the event the credit or debit card number becomes public knowledge. (See 37 CFR 1.23(b).)

  • Can I make a payment electronically on uspto.gov?

    Yes. Currently, you may pay patent maintenance fees, most patent and trademark fees, and fees for ordering copies of documents electronically via uspto.gov. Online payment methods available on uspto.gov include credit or debit card, deposit account, or electronic funds transfer (EFT). Visit the Fees and Payment page to access resources for filing and paying online and for payment information.

  • How do I replenish my Deposit Account to ensure that the required minimum balance is maintained?

    You may make replenishments to your deposit account as often as you like using one of four replenishment payment options offered by the USPTO. Visit the Deposit Account Replenishment Options page for more information.

  • Can I get email notifications of fee changes?

    Yes, most of our fee changes are announced via Patents Alerts and/or Trademarks Alerts. Visit the USPTO Subscription Center to sign up.

  • How can I obtain a printed copy of the USPTO fee schedule?

    The online fee schedule contains a link to a printer friendly version (PDF).

  • How do I make a maintenance fee payment for my patent and how do I find the payment amount due?

    For information about patent maintenance fees, visit the Maintain Your Patent page.

  • What address should I use to mail applications, payments, or other correspondence that will be delivered by the United States Postal Service or by other delivery services?

    Refer to the Mailing and Hand Carry Addresses for the United States Patent and Trademark Office for more information on where to direct your payment or other correspondence. Special mail stop designations should be used for certain correspondence to allow forwarding of particular types of mail to the appropriate areas as quickly as possible.

  • How much does it cost to get a patent?

    Fees vary depending on the type of patent application you submit. Fees may also vary according to the way you "claim" your invention. More information on filing fees and the number and type of claims.

    There are three basic fees for utility patents:

    • The filing fee, which is non-refundable whether or not a patent is granted. (This is the cost to have your invention "examined" by the US Patent and Trademark Office - remember, you may or may not get a patent!)
    • The issue fee (you pay this only if your application is allowed)
    • Maintenance fees (paid at 3 1/2, 7 1/2, and 11 1/2 years after your patent is granted - these fees "maintain" your legal protection).
    • Additional fees may be required.

    You are strongly advised to check the current fee schedule before submitting your application.

  • How do I send an invoice to the USPTO?

    Invoices should be submitted:

    • By mail to:

      U. S. Patent and Trademark Office
      Mail Stop 17
      P.O. Box 1450
      Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
    • By fax to: 571 273-6400
  • Whom should I contact regarding any invoice-related questions?

    Please contact the Financial Accounting Division at 571-272-6400.

  • What information is required on an invoice?

    The following correct information constitutes a proper invoice and is required as payment documentation:

    1. Name of vendor and invoice date (vendors are encouraged to date invoices as close as possible to the date of mailing or transmission).
    2. Purchase order number; assignment of an invoice number by the vendor is recommended.
    3. Description, price, and quantity of property and services actually delivered or rendered.
    4. Shipping and payment terms.
    5. Other substantiating documentation or information as required by the contract.
    6. Name (where practicable), title, telephone number, and complete mailing address.
  • When will I receive payment for an invoice?

    In accordance with the Prompt Payment Act, the Office of Finance is committed to the timely payment of vendor invoices. Payment will be issued to the vendor by day 30 of the receipt date in the Office of Finance, or acceptance date, whichever is the later date.

  • How will I receive payment for an invoice?

    The USPTO is in full compliance with the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, and accordingly is required to pay all vendors by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). However, if you qualify for a waiver pursuant to 31 CFR Part 208.4, you can be paid by check.

  • What is a Deposit Account?

    For the convenience of attorneys, agents and the general public in paying fees for products and services, pre-paid deposit accounts may be established with the USPTO. This eliminates the need to submit a check, credit card, or other payment type each time a fee is required. Further, in an instance of miscalculation of a fee due, the balance required may be charged to the account with authorization, thus preserving the filing date of the application.

  • How will my refund payment be issued?

    Refunds will generally be issued in the same form in which the original payment was made.

  • How can I file a request for a refund if I made a payment by mistake or paid too much?

    Requests for refunds must be made by the original fee submitter, and should include the correct application or patent number, an explanation of why a refund is due, and supporting documentation.  Please note that a change of purpose after the payment of a fee (e.g., when you wish to withdraw a filing for which the fee was paid) is not a "fee paid by mistake" and will not entitle you to a refund of such fee.

    Requests for refunds should be faxed to 571-273-6500 (Attn:  Refund Branch) or mailed to:

    Mail Stop 16
    Director of the USPTO
    P.O. Box 1450
    Alexandria , VA 22313-1450

  • Must I file a request for a refund within a certain period of time?

    Generally, any request for refund must be filed within two years from the date the fee was paid.  Refunds based on later establishment of small entity status must be filed within three months of the date of the timely payment of the full fee.

  • How long will it take to receive my refund?

    Generally, the USPTO will process the refund in about four to six weeks.

  • Will the patent/application/registration/order number appear on my bank account statement or credit card statement?

    For EFT and debit card transactions, the USPTO transmits the patent/application/registration/order number to your financial institution. Please contact your financial institution for more details. For credit card transactions, you must have a corporate or purchase credit card for the patent/application/registration/order number to appear on your monthly statement.

    Please contact your credit card company for details.

  • How can I view payment history information or search for transactions processed by the USPTO?

    Financial Manager provides access to transaction history information for all transactions completed at the USPTO. In Financial Manager, you can:

    1. Store and manage electronic payment methods online (i.e. credit/debit cards, deposit accounts, and EFTs);
    2. Add users and assign user permissions to your stored payment methods;
    3. View, download, and print monthly statements for each stored payment method; and
    4. View, download, and print customized transaction reports.
  • How do I send a wire payment to the USPTO?

    You may send your wire payment through the Federal Reserve Fedwire System by providing the below wire transfer information to your bank. Your bank may charge a fee, and your sending bank may use an intermediate bank to transfer the funds (and the intermediate bank may withhold their fee from the payment that is transmitted). Please ensure the full amount of the fee required in U.S. dollars is transmitted.

    You must provide the purpose of the wire payment and information that helps identify the transaction (e.g., patent maintenance fee, patent#, application#) in the appropriate field or line to ensure timely processing of your payment. Failure to provide the required information in the correct fields or lines may result in delays or rejection of your wire payment.

    Note: At this time, trademark fees cannot be submitted via a wire payment. (See the Trademark Fee Information page for acceptable methods of payment.)

    Instructions for sending a domestic wire payment to the USPTO:

    Fedwire Field Tag Fedwire Field Name Required Information
    {1510} Type/Subtype 1000
    {2000} Amount (enter payment amount)
    {3400} Receiver ABA Routing Number 021030004
    {3400} Receiver ABA Short Name
    (account is with the Federal Reserve
    Bank of New York)
    33 Liberty Street
    New York, NY 10045
    {3600} Business Function Code CTR     (or CTP)
    {4200} Beneficiary ID Code D
    {4200} Beneficiary Identifier (account number) 13100001
    {4200} Beneficiary Name USPTO
    2051 Jamieson Avenue, Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    {5000} Originator (enter your company name)
    {6000} Originator to Beneficiary Information
    (up to 4 lines of 35 characters each)
    (enter the brief purpose of payment and information that helps identify the transaction (e.g., maintenance fee, patent#, application#), and a phone number)

    Instructions for sending an international wire payment to the USPTO:

    Field Name Required Information
    (Beneficiary) Bank Number (Line 57a) //FW021030004
    Beneficiary Account Number (Line 59) 13100001
    Amount (enter payment amount)

    Payment Details (Line 70)

    (up to 4 lines of 35 characters each)

    13100001 USPTO

    (also enter the brief purpose of payment and information that helps identify the transaction (e.g., maintenance fee, patent#, application#), and a phone number)

    Details of Charges (Line 71a) Charge Our

    Important Notes:

    1. The above information should be transmitted from the remitter's bank to its U.S. Correspondent bank. The U.S. Correspondent bank will use the Fedwire system to complete the transfer.
    2. Bank Number (Line 57a) must be in the exact format above
    3. Beneficiary Account Number (Line 59) must be the USPTO's ALC of 13100001 or the payment will be returned.
    4. Details of Charges (Line 71a) must be coded as "Charge Our" to have any banking fees charged to the remitter and not deducted from the payment.
  • How do I make an EFT payment via uspto.gov?

    To submit EFT payments at the USPTO, you'll need to first set up your EFT in Financial Manager. Once you've set up the EFT in Financial Manager, you can add other user from your organization and grant them permission to access and/or manage the EFT. Each user with Fee Payer permission for the EFT will need to create their own, unique EFT profile name and password in Financial Manager in order to use the EFT for payment.

    New EFTs are subject to an eight day verification process. Once the EFT has been verified, you will receive an e-mail from the USPTO indicating that your EFT has been activated and may be used to pay fees online.

    Please verify with your financial institution that EFT payments can be processed through your checking or savings account before creating an EFT. If you have an ACH/EFT block or filter on your account, your account must be set up properly and you must provide your financial institution with the USPTO's ACH company ID number before submitting EFT payments online. The USPTO's ACH company ID number is 1310000101 .

  • Which credit and debit cards are accepted by the USPTO?

    The USPTO accepts American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, and Visa® credit cards and MasterCard® and Visa® branded debit cards.

  • What is the maximum daily limit for credit card and debit card payments?

    As of June 1, 2015, there is a $24,999.99 daily limit per credit card account. There is no daily limit for debit cards.

    All credit card and debit card payments are processed through the Department of the Treasury's Pay.gov system. The daily limit for credit cards is automatically enforced through the Pay.gov system. If cardholders exceed the daily limit, a message indicates that the maximum daily limit has been reached and the payment will be rejected.

    Related FAQs:

    • How do I make an EFT payment via uspto.gov?
    • How do I send a wire payment to the USPTO?
  • Who should I make a check, cashier's check, or money order payable to?

    All checks, cashier's checks, or money orders must be made payable to "Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office". (See 37 CFR 1.23(a).)

  • Are there any benefits if I make a payment electronically on uspto.gov?

    Yes, the benefits of paying fees electronically via uspto.gov are: eliminates the hassle of writing checks; saves on postage and mailing expenses; avoids late payments; and reduces delays in processing the payments.

  • What is the filing fee for a trademark?

    Information is available on the Trademark FAQs page.

  • What is the filing fee to apply for a patent?

    Information is available on the Patent FAQs page.

  • Are my filing fees refundable if my patent application is not approved?

    No, filing fees are not refundable. The filing fee is not for a patent, but is a statutorily prescribed payment to the USPTO for services rendered in processing a complete application. This statutory fee is due upon filing of the application. For additional information, you may contact the Inventors Assistance Center (IAC).

  • Do you have to pay maintenance fees on design or plant patents?

    No. Patent maintenance fees are only required for maintaining an original or reissue patent, except for a design or plant patent, based on an application filed on or after December 12, 1980.

  • What is the USPTO's Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) D-U-N-S® Number?

    The USPTO's D-U-N-S® Number is 07-092-1085.

  • What is meant by "small entity status" or "micro entity status"?

    For patents, if the owner of the invention qualifies as a small entity or micro entity, the filing, issue, and maintenance fees are reduced by 50 percent or 75 percent, respectively.

  • Are USPTO fees subject to change?

    Yes, fees are subject to change. Information on any upcoming fee adjustment is posted in the Important Notices section of the USPTO Fee Schedule.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about applying for a patent or trademark?

    You may call the USPTO Contact Center at 800-786-9199 or 571-272-1000.

    Additional contact information is available on this site at our Contact Us page.

  • What is the USPTO's Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)?

    The USPTO's Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) is 53-0197085.