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For questions/comments or further assistance on any announcement, please send an e-mail to 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. 

PAIR Availability: 23 hours x 7 days per week (unavailable 04:30 AM to 05:30 AM ET daily) 


Advisory (04AUG2014): The instructions for Private PAIR Publication Review Data Changes have been revised. Submitted requests that comply with the instructions will be entered into IFW and will be processed by the appropriate division.  For detailed instructions, please click here.


Advisory (12MAR2014): The USPTO needs your perspective on the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0). In order to fully assess the pilot, it is critical to understand its strengths and weaknesses from the point of view of our stakeholders. You can help the USPTO evaluate and refine AFCP 2.0 by completing our brief survey.


Advisory (26Nov2013): Due to system maintenance, Supplemental Content Data (SCORE) will be unavailable in both Private and Public PAIR beginning at 12:01 a.m. and ending at 6 a.m., Saturday, November 30. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Advisory (25Nov2013): The After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0), which had been scheduled to expire on December 14, 2013, has been extended through September 30, 2014. The terms of the AFCP 2.0 program, as implemented May 13, 2013, are unchanged. Visit to learn more about AFCP 2.0.


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 (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:

  • Drawings
  • 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:

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


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.

For assistance, please call the Patent EBC at (866) 217-9197 (toll

free) or send email to

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