USPTO Systems Status and Availability
Tuesday Oct 09, 2018

Authentication Change for EFS-Web and Private PAIR

EFS-Web and Private PAIR users now have a new, safer, and simpler login. The USPTO is moving from using PKI certificates for two-factor authentication because the PKI software vendor will no longer support the authentication software product after the end of 2018. With this in mind, the USPTO now offers users better security with the new, two-factor authentication method using USPTO.gov accounts.? The new method grants access to multiple USPTO systems with one consolidated sign-in and eliminates shared credentials by providing practitioners and their support staff with their own USPTO.gov accounts.

The Migration Tool is now available for existing PKI digital certificate holders (registered practitioners and independent inventors) to link their USPTO.gov accounts to their current PKI digital certificates. To successfully migrate, users must already have a USPTO.gov account. If you do not already have one, create a USPTO.gov account and opt-in for two-step authentication. Please follow the step-by-step instructions to migrate and allow 1–2 business days after you finish the migration steps for the process to complete; you can then use your USPTO.gov account to sign in to EFS-Web and Private PAIR. Customer Numbers associated with the PKI certificate will be migrated to the linked USPTO.gov account. PKI certificates can still be used to sign in to EFS-Web and Private PAIR as well.

In November 2018, the Sponsorship Tool will be available for registered practitioners to sponsor their support staff to work on their behalf by giving them access/sponsorship. The support staff individual must have already created a USPTO.gov account and set it to two-step authentication in order to be sponsored by a practitioner. After the sponsorship is complete, the support staff individual will be able to access the Patent Electronic System using their USPTO.gov account. To prepare for sponsorships, review the Patent Electronic System Access Document as the source document for additional information on the authentication, sponsorship, and verification for accessing the patent electronic systems.

Please note that there are new URLs for EFS-Web and Private PAIR for signing in using your USPTO.gov account. You will need to update any bookmarks to the new URLs below:

 

We welcome attendees to register for multiple information sessions related to this Authentication Change, because new information will be added as it becomes available.

For additional information, visit Authentication Change for EFS-Web and PAIR.

If you need assistance creating your USPTO.gov account, please call the USPTO Contact Center (UCC) at 800-786-9199. For assistance with migration, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at ebc@uspto.gov or 866-217-9197.

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