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EFS-Web logoAll customers are encouraged to register so they are ready to use the full features of EFS-Web for Registered eFilers and Private PAIR.

For questions/comments or further assistance on any announcement below, please send an e-mail to ebc@uspto.gov or call the Patent Electronic Business Center at 1-866-217-9197 (toll-free) or 571-272-4100 from 6 a.m. to 12 Midnight Eastern Time, Monday – Friday.

EFS-Web Availability:

New Applications: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Follow-on Submissions: 23 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year . Unavailable daily from 4:30AM - 5:30AM ET
Fee Payment: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. May be unavailable on Sundays 2:00AM - 6:00AM ET

 

 

 Advisory (12DEC2013): The ABXPDF Writer software is obsolete and no longer supported.

 Contact the Patent EBC for assistance: 1-866-217-9197 or EBC@USPTO.GOV 

 

Advisory (25NOV2013): Are you filing an RCE that includes an information disclosure statement? If so, please assist the USPTO in our efforts to reduce RCE filings by completing our brief survey.

 

Advisory (22NOV2013):  USPTO is pleased to announce the release of EFS-Web 1.8 on November 24, 2013.  This release contains a number of new features and improvements, including:

1. A web-based version of the ADS (AIA/14).  Applicants have the option to use the new Web-ADS or continue to attach the ADS as a PDF.  

    >>For more information, please see Quick Start Guide for Web-based ADS

2. Prior Art and Written Statement Submission into a Patent File under 37 CFR 1.501 may be filed by selecting the appropriate option via EFS-Web.  

    >>For more information, please see Quick Start Guide for Citation of Prior Art under CFR 1.501 

3. New web-based ePetition to Accept Unintentional Delayed Payment of the Maintenance Fee in an Expired Patent (37 CFR 1.378(c)). The PDF-based version of this ePetition remains available but was not updated to support micro entity fees.   Pertinent small and micro entity fees can be paid in Web-based ePetitions.  Petitioners also have the ability to claim micro entity in web-based ePetitions and eTerminal Disclaimer. 

    >>For more information, please see Quick Start Guide for ePetitions 

4. Selecting the Track 1 fee no longer auto-selects the additional required fees. 

    >>For more information, please see Quick Start Guide for Prioritized Examination (Track One) 

5. Third-Party Preissuance Submission under 37 CFR 1.290 may enter U.S. patent numbers 4,000,000 and below.  

    >>For more information, please see Quick Start Guide for Third-Party Preissuance Submissions under  37 CFR 1.290 

6. 17 character international application numbers may be entered when filing a 371 National Stage application, which permits an applicant to identify an international application series number that does not begin with a zero (e.g., PCT/DE2012/100001, PCT/JP2006/300001).

 

NOTE:  ePetition usage is unavailable for:

(1) ePetition to Withdraw from Issue when a Micro Entity Issue Fee is paid;

(2) ePetition to Accept Payment of Issue Fee when a Micro Entity Issue Fee is paid;

(3) When indicating that a required fee has previously been paid, the following fees cannot be selected:

        - RCE 1st Request (micro entity fee code: 3801)

        - RCE 2nd and subsequent (1820/2820/3820)

(4) PDF-based ePetition to Accept Unintentional Delayed Payment of the Maintenance Fee when paying either Micro or Small Entity Fees.

 

Advisory (19NOV2013): A new Patent Application Initiatives Timeline web page is now accessible to applicants and displays information on important patent programs and initiatives during each phase of the application process.

Advisory Update (17OCT2013):  EFS-Web and Private PAIR: Java Version 7u45 Warning On October 15, 2013, Oracle released Java update (7u45) that affects EFS-Web and Private PAIR users. If your Java version is updated to 7u45, you will receive a prompt on the Authentication page and Digital Certificate Management (DCM) page via a Security Warning message: “Allow access to the following application from this web site?”  EFS-Web and Private PAIR users should click the Allow button with NO adverse effects in order to proceed.

EFS-WEB Registered and Private PAIR users who have older Java versions installed may experience problems with Authentication. It is recommended that these users update to Java 7 Update 45 and remove previous versions of Java.  Java 7 Update 45 can be downloaded at: http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp.

Please check with your IT department to ensure compatibility. For additional information, see the Entrust Security Bulletin.  

Contact the Patent EBC for assistance: 1-866-217-9197 or EBC@USPTO.GOV

Advisory (30SEPT2013): Current operating status for the USPTO

Advisory (25SEPT2013): The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0), which had been scheduled to expire on September 30, 2013, has been extended through December 14, 2013. The terms of the AFCP 2.0 program, as implemented May 13, 2013, are unchanged. Visit www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/afcp.jsp

Advisory (2AUG2013): The document description "Drawings – other than black and white line drawings" (document code"DRW.NONBW") is now available in EFS-Web for design patent applications, including reissue design patent applications, and reexamination proceedings for design patents. Applicants are advised to start using this document description for grayscale drawings, photographs, color drawings, and other drawings that are not black and white line drawings. These drawings will be stored in SCORE, and a black and white copy will be stored in IFW along with a SCORE placeholder sheet.

 

Advisory (26JUL2013): The fee code 1053/2053/3053  with a fee description of “Non-English Translation” can now be found in the “Miscellaneous Fees” section . A new fee code, 1830/2830/3830, with a fee description of “Processing fee, except in provisional applications” can now be found in the “Newly Added Fees” section.

When filing a Track I request, the correct processing fee is "Processing fee, except in provisional applications" (fee code 1830/2830/3830); current Regular Undiscounted fee amount is $140. On the EFS-Web Fee Calculation screen, the old fee code (1808) is auto-selected when the Track I fee is checked. Please unselect "Other publication processing fee" and select "Processing fee, except in provisional applications.

Contact the Patent EBC for assistance: 1-866-217-9197 or EBC@USPTO.GOV

 

Advisory (23MAY2013): On May 3, USPTO changed the fee descriptions for fee codes:

(1) 1053/2053/3053 to “Processing fee, except in provisional applications” (previous description was “Non-English Specification”)

(2) 1808 to “Other publication processing fee” (previous description was “Processing fee, except in provisional applications”)

When filing a Track I request, the correct processing fee is "Processing fee, except in provisional applications" (fee code 1053/2053/3053); the current Regular Undiscounted fee amount is $140.

On the EFS-Web Fee Calculation screen, the old fee code (1808) is auto-selected when the Track I fee is checked. Please unselect "Other publication processing fee" and select "Processing fee, except in provisional applications”.

Contact the Patent EBC for assistance: 1-866-217-9197 or EBC@USPTO.GOV.

 

Advisory (17MAY2013): The After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) has been revised. Visit www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/afcp.jsp to learn about AFCP 2.0, part of the USPTO’S on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders

Advisory (23APR2013): When filing the Fee Transmittal (Part B) of the Notice of Allowance and Fee(s) Due form (PTOL-85b) via EFS-Web, please be sure that the second page of the 85b with the authorized signature is included.

Advisory (11APR2013): Filing an ePetition or eTerminal Disclaimer is a fast and convenient process via EFS-Web. For more information on how you can file an ePetition or eTerminal Disclaimer, please visit www.uspto.gov/terminaldisclaimer or www.uspto.gov/epetitions

Advisory (20MAR2013): Some customers using Internet Explorer 9 and 10 are reporting they are unable to download PDF documents provided by the USPTO.  This includes forms listed on the forms web page, last 40 Acknowledgement Receipts from EFS-WEB, and Image File Wrapper documents from Private and Public PAIR.  The following message is displayed when the error occurs: “Filename.pdf couldn’t be downloaded.”   

Microsoft’s Knowledge Base has an article describing the issue and how to correct it.  It can be found on the following page:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2549423 Microsoft is the best source of information for questions related to the functioning of their software.

The issue can also be circumvented by using another browser such as Mozilla Firefox.

Please contact the EBC at 1-866-217-9197 / 571-272-4100 or via email at EBC@USPTO.GOV for assistance. 

 

Advisory (19MAR2013): For micro-entity filers submitting Extension of Time fees, only the exact fee amount can be paid at this time. Previously paid extension of time fees cannot be applied to the current extension of time payment. Applicants with deposit account may select to authorize over-payments to be credited to their deposit account by selecting the appropriate checkbox on the Fee Payment screens.

 

Advisory (14MAR2013): EFS-Web Registered eFilers are advised that Saved Submission packages created prior to March 19 may not be acceptable for filing on or after March 19 due to changes in fees and document descriptions. To ensure successful processing, Saved Submission packages intended for filing on or after March 19, should not be created in EFS-Web prior to March 19. Please contact the EBC for assistance at 866-217-9197 (toll free) or EBC@uspto.gov

 

Advisory (12MAR2013): Effective on March 16, 2013, the Office will no longer accept requests for Statutory Invention Registrations (SIRs). Section 3 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) repeals the provisions of 35 U.S.C. 157 pertaining to SIRs. The effective date of the repeal of SIRs is March 16, 2013, regardless of the filing date of the application. The Office will consider any pending requests for SIRs filed before March 16, 2013. Requests for SIRs filed on or after March 16, 2013 will not be treated by the Office. More information on the repeal of SIRs can be found in the Federal Register Notice entitled “Changes To Implement the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act,” Final Rule, 78 FR 11024 (February 14, 2013).

 

Advisory (01MAR2013): Java 7 Update 15 has been tested for EFS-Web and Private PAIR.  Both applications have full functionality with the exception of downloading patent and publication references in Private PAIR as explained below.

* NOTE: the hyperlinks under section U.S. Patent Documents on the Display References tab in Private PAIR, used to download U.S. patent and publication references, may not work with Java 7. Cited patent and publication numbers can be obtained within the 1449 and IDS documents listed under section Reference Forms on the Display References tab. 

To access and download cited patent references go to: http://patft/uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm.

To access and download cited U.S. publication references, go to: http://appft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html

Java 7 Update 15 can be downloaded at: http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

It is recommended that all other Java versions be uninstalled prior to updating to Java 7 Update 15.  

** Firefox users may need to enable support for Java 7 per instructions at: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-java-plugin-to-view-interactive-content

*** NOTE FOR Mac USERS: Mac OS X users who install Java 7 will not be able to utilize the Digital Certificate Management (DCM) to recover or create PKI certificates until further notice.

Assistance is available through the Patent Electronic Business Center at 866-217-9197 (toll free) or EBC@uspto.gov

 

Advisory (11FEB2013): Notice of Clarifying Modifications made to the USPTO’s Public Key Infrastructure (“PKI”) Subscriber Agreement

 The USPTO’s Public Key Infrastructure (“PKI”) Subscriber Agreement has been modified to clarify that it is strictly prohibited for a PKI certificate(s) holder using Private PAIR, to access any nonpublic patent application or documents owned by another, absent specific authorization.  The Agreement modifications also clarify the procedures to be followed in the case of any such access, and the grounds for revocation of the certificate(s).  Lastly, the modifications make clear that PKI certificate(s) issued are not licenses required by law.

You can download the modified PKI Subscriber Agreement at: http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/status/private_pair/PKI_Subscriber_Agreement.pdf

Continued use of the system after posting this notice will constitute agreement to the updated terms.

For assistance, please call the Patent EBC at (866) 217-9197 (toll free) or send email to EBC@uspto.gov.

 

Advisory (14JAN2013):

Java 6 Update 38 is the current recommended version for EFS-Web and Private PAIR.

You can download Java 6 Update 38 at http://java.com/en/download/manual_v6.jsp.  Please ensure that you have uninstalled all other Java versions prior to downloading Java 6 Update 38.  The USPTO recommends that you do not upgrade to Java 7 until further notice.

 

If you are using Firefox, please enable support for Java 6 using instructions provided at http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/update-and-unblock-java (see section “Enabling Java”)

Assistance is available through the Patent Electronic Business Center at 866-217-9197 (toll free) or EBC@uspto.gov

 

Advisory (13DEC2012): A new version (2.2.5) of the ADS form (PTO/AIA/14) is now available. The new version includes a new "Non-Applicant Assignee Information" section. In addition, if you used AIA/14 form version 2.2.3 or earlier and marked the "Authorization to Permit Access" checkbox, the ADS received by USPTO may not display your selection.

Advisory (05NOV2012):   EFS-Web filers may use Adobe Reader 11 to complete EFS-Web Fillable Forms (eADS, eIDS, etc.). Previous versions remain compatible:
• 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4
• 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.3, 8.3.1;
• 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.2, 9.4.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.5, 9.4.6, 9.4.7, 9.5, 9.5.1, 9.5.2;
• 10.0, 10.0.1, 10.1, 10.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.1.3, 10.1.4

Advisory (20SEPT2012):  Version 2.2.4 of the ADS form (PTO/AIA/14) is now available. If you filed version 2.2.3 or earlier and marked the "Authorization to Permit Access" checkbox, the ADS received by USPTO may not display your selection. The version number can be located at the lower left of the AIA/14 form. 

Applicants are advised to check Private PAIR to verify the indication on the PTO/AIA/14 that is filed via EFS-Web, and to review the filing receipt which will indicate when an acceptable authorization has been received. If your authorization was not recorded, a PTO/SB/39 form can be used to provide authorization to access by Participating Offices.

 

Advisory (19SEPT2012): Effective September 16, 2012, Supplemental Examination requests and Third-Party Preissuance Submissions under 37 CFR 1.290 may be filed by selecting the appropriate options via EFS-Web.

For more info, please see:

Supplemental Examination Quick Start Guide [PDF 2.4MB]

AIA micro-site: Supplemental Exam

Third-Party Submissions Quick Start Guide [PDF 1.83MB]

AIA micro-site: Third-Party Submission

EFS-Web Legal Framework – update will be posted soon

 

Some Patent forms have been updated due to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA).

Please see the Patents Forms page for more info.

 

Petitions for Inter Partes Review, Post Grant Review, and Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents cannot be filed via EFS-Web and must be filed via the new Patent Review Processing System (PRPS).

 

Advisory (13SEPTEMBER2012): Due to system maintenance, EFS-Web & EFS-Web Contingency will be unavailable from 12 a.m. until 6 a.m. Sunday, September 16. 

Advisory (24AUGUST2012): EFS-Web filers may use Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 9.5.2 and 10.1.4 to complete EFS-Web Fillable Forms (eADS, eIDS, etc.). Previous versions remain compatible:
• 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4
• 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.3, 8.3.1;
• 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.2, 9.4.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.5, 9.4.6, 9.4.7, 9.5, 9.5.1;
• 10.0, 10.0.1, 10.1, 10.1.1, 10.1.2, 10.1.3

Advisory (30July2012): Delivery of U.S. Pre-Grant Search Results to the EPO Without Delay Requires Timely Consent From Applicants

Current EPO regulations require that search results from an application, to which a European patent application filed on or after January 1, 2011 claims priority, must be filed with the EPO without delay after the search results are made available to applicants. See Amended Rule 141(1) EPC (European Patent Convention).  For the time being, U.S. applicants are exempt from personally providing search results for a U.S. priority application to the EPO as a result of an arrangement worked out between the USPTO and the EPO, whereby the USPTO will electronically deliver search results from priority U.S. applications to the EPO, as a no-charge service to applicants.  See Electronic Delivery of Search Results From the United States Patent and Trademark Office to the European Patent Office, 76 FR 82279 (December 30, 2011).  

Maintenance of the exemption, however, is dependent upon delivery of search results by the USPTO to the EPO as soon as they become available, including when search results are available prior to publication of the U.S. application.  Because 35 U.S.C. 122 prohibits the USPTO from providing information about an as-yet unpublished application to a third party without the applicant’s consent, timely delivery of pre-publication search results requires applicant cooperation in providing the USPTO with the proper consent to release the search result information to the EPO.  Failure of applicants to provide the USPTO with the required consent will prevent the USPTO from delivering the search results in a timely fashion and could result in EPO rescinding the exemption, which would require all U.S. applicants to provide the search result information to the EPO at their own time and expense.

Therefore, applicants are strongly urged to timely file the Certification and Authorization form PTO/SB/69 (available at http://www.uspto.gov/forms/sb0069.pdf) in each application that is intended to form the basis for a claim of priority to a corresponding application filed with the EPO.  This form provides applicant’s consent for the USPTO to deliver to the EPO the search results from an unpublished U.S. application.  Applicants should file the form prior to filing a European application that claims priority to the U.S. application in order for search results to be delivered to the EPO without delay should they become available prior to publication of the U.S. application.

When filing form PTO/SB/69 using EFS-Web, applicants should be careful to select the correct document description “PTO/SB/69 - Authorize EPO Access to Search Results,” which can be found under the General Transmittal category.  Identifying form PTO/SB/69 using any other document description will significantly delay or prevent delivery of the search results from an unpublished U.S. application to the EPO.

Advisory (24MAY2012): New Maximum Daily Limit for Credit Cards – Effective June 30, 2012

The maximum daily limit per credit card or debit card account is currently $99,999.99.  Effective June 30, 2012, the daily limit per credit card account will be lowered to $49,999.99, and the daily limit for debit cards will be eliminated.  All credit card and debit card payments are processed through the Department of the Treasury’s Pay.gov system.  The new daily limit for credit cards will automatically be enforced through the Pay.gov system; if cardholders exceed the daily limit, a message will indicate that the maximum daily limit has been reached and the payment will be rejected.

Existing alternatives for submitting large dollar payments are deposit account, electronic funds transfer (EFT) over the USPTO Web site, and wire transfer through the Federal Reserve Fedwire System.

Advisory (3MAY2012): Please Do Not Install Java 7
On May 2, Oracle Corporation announced that Java 7 update 4 (7u4) is now the new default Java version. If you have the Java Update feature enabled on your computer, you may be prompted to update
to the latest version. At this time, EFS-Web and Private PAIR do not support Java 7.

USPTO recommends that you do not upgrade to Java 7 until further notice. We are aware of the problem and will continue to work on the issue until it is resolved.
If you encounter any problems, please call the Patent Electronic Business Center at 866-217-9197 (toll free) or send an email to EBC@uspto.gov

Advisory (3MAY2012): Learn more about the eOffice Action program at http://www.uspto.gov/patents/process/status/e-Office_Action.jsp which will notify you via email that an Office communication is available for viewing and downloading in Private PAIR 

Advisory (3MAY2012):  Visit http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/afcp.jsp to learn about the After Final Consideration Pilot, part of the USPTO’s on-going efforts towards compact prosecution and increased collaboration between examiners and stakeholders.

Advisory (20APRIL2012): EFS-Web filers may use Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 9.5.1 and 10.1.3 to complete EFS-Web Fillable Forms (eADS, eIDS, etc.). Previous versions remain compatible:
• 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4
• 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.3, 8.3.1;
• 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.2, 9.4.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.5, 9.4.6, 9.4.7, 9.5;
• 10.0, 10.0.1, 10.1, 10.1.1, 10.1.2

Advisory (6APR2012): Problem with Firefox and older Java versions

On April 2, Mozilla Foundation announced that the Firefox browser would start blocking older versions of the Java plug-in from running.

When accessing EFS-Web for Registered eFilers and Private PAIR with Firefox, an error message may appear on the Authentication Page stating: Java Not Enabled.

USPTO recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of Java, which is Version 6 Update 31.  Please visit www.Java.com using your Firefox browser, click on “Free Java Download”, and follow the installation steps provided.

For assistance, please call the Patent EBC at (866) 217-9197 (toll free) or send email to EBC@uspto.gov.

Advisory (6APR2012): The online fee payment amounts in EFS-Web are set to the current fee schedule.  The transmittal fee, international filing fee, international search fee or other fee amounts payable for a PCT international application may not equal the online fee payment amount.  As a result, online fee payment in EFS-Web is not available when the online fee amount is not equal to the fee amount that is desired to be paid.  See MPEP 502.05(II)(E) for alternative means of fee payment.

Advisory (5APR2012): Tell your friends and family USPTO is hiring patent examiners in a variety of engineering, science & IP law disciplines. Amazing benefits and opportunities to support economic growth in an exciting field of work. Visit www.USPTOcareers.gov for more

Advisory (21FEB2012): The Office is no longer accepting Petitions to Make Special Under the Green Technology Pilot Program or requests for reconsideration based solely on a defective original petition.  The program will meet its limit based on petitions that were previously filed and are awaiting decision.

The pending petitions will be taken in turn as set forth in the original Notice, i.e., in the order that the applications are in condition for examination.  The Office will treat any pending petition in an application that is in condition for examination on or before the cut-off date, i.e., the date that the 3,500th application for which a petition is granted was in condition for examination.  Pending requests for reconsideration based upon a defective original petition will only be considered if they were filed on or before the cut-off date.

Requests for reconsideration based solely on an erroneous decision may continue to be filed and will be considered.

More information on the program can be found at http://www.uspto.gov/patents/init_events/green_tech.jsp.

Advisory (17JAN2012): EFS-Web filers may use Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 9.5 and 10.1.2 to complete EFS-Web Fillable Forms (eADS, eIDS, etc.). Previous versions remain compatible:
• 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4
• 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.3, 8.3.1;
• 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.2, 9.4.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.5, 9.4.6, 9.4.7;
• 10.0, 10.0.1, 10.1, 10.1.1

Advisory (28DEC2011): EFS-Web filers may use Adobe Reader and Acrobat version 9.4.7 to complete EFS-Web Fillable Forms (eADS, eIDS, etc.). Previous versions remain compatible:
• 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 7.1.0, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.4
• 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.3, 8.3.1;
• 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.2, 9.4.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.5, 9.4.6, 9.4.7;
• 10.0, 10.0.1, 10.1, 10.1.1

Advisory (19DEC2011): The United States Patent and Trademark Office is pleased to announce the addition of two new beta ePetitions to EFS-Web.
>>For more information, please see the ePetition Resource Page. Please feel free to suggest any improvements and email them to ebc@uspto.gov

Advisory (29NOV2011): eTerminal Disclaimer (beta) Added to EFS-Web

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is pleased to announce the beta release of eTerminal Disclaimer in EFS-Web. The new eTerminal Disclaimer provides applicants with many advantages and promotes greater efficiency in the patent examination process. This web-based eTerminal Disclaimer can be filled out completely online through web-screens and no EFS-Web fillable forms are required. eTerminal Disclaimers are auto-processed and approved immediately upon submission if the request meets all of the requirements.

Fees must be paid immediately which will then provide users more financial flexibility. A paper filed Terminal Disclaimer requires a fee but does not guarantee a Terminal Disclaimer approval. Each eTerminal Disclaimer filed requires a single terminal disclaimer fee, but can include up to 50 “reference applications” and 50 "prior patents".

During the beta period, eTerminal Disclaimers cannot be filed to a patent application that has yet to be docketed to an examiner. Applicants can check the Transaction History Tab of Public or Private PAIR to determine if their application has been docketed to an examiner. To file a terminal disclaimer to an undocketed application, please complete form SB/25 or SB/26 and submit the forms for manual review.

The Quick Start Guide for eTerminal Disclaimer is available at:

www.uspto.gov/patents/process/file/efs/guidance/eTD-info-I.jsp

For assistance with filing an eTerminal Disclaimer, or to suggest improvements, please call the Patent Electronic Business Center at 866-217-9197 (toll free) or send an email to EBC@uspto.gov

 

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