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PAIR Availability: 23 hours x 7 days per week (unavailable 04:30 AM to 05:30 AM ET daily)
Advisory (14Nov2013): Both Public and Private PAIR will be unavailable on Saturday, November 16, 2013 starting at 12:01AM and ending at 5:30AM for system updates. The new PAIR updates include:
The Application Data tab will be enhanced to include the following new information:
- A hyperlink will be made available to view a list of all named inventors
- The First Named Applicant will now be displayed along with a hyperlink to view a list of all named applicants
The Continuity tab will be enhanced to include an AIA (First Inventor to File) status indicator for parent, non-provisional applications.
New document categories have been added to the Supplemental Content tab. These new categories include:
- Interim Copy FRPR - TXT Files
- US Patents w/color
- Certified FRPRs w/color
Document categories previously listed under “Other Supplemental Content Items” on the Supplemental Content tab have been separated into their own respective categories. These include:
- Chemical Formulas
- Mathematical Formulas
- 3D Protein Crystals
- Appendices – this category includes multiple document types
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.
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:
Continued use of the system after posting this notice will constitute agreement to the updated terms.
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