USPTO Systems Status and Availability

Thursday May 14, 2020

Planned Events

PALM Database Maintenance

The USPTO will perform maintenance affecting multiple systems beginning at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, May 23 and ending at 11:59 p.m., Saturday, May 23 ET.

The systems listed below will be unavailable during the maintenance period:

Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (Public PAIR)

  • Private Patent Application Information Retrieval (Private PAIR)
  • Global Dossier (GD)
  • One Portfolio Dossier (OPD)
  • Patent Global Dossier Public Access Dossier (P-GD-PAD)
  • PTAB E2E
  • Office of Enrollment and Discipline Information System (OEDIS)
  • Electronic Freedom of Information Act (E-FOIA)
  • Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront

The systems listed below may be unavailable during the maintenance:

  • Electronic Patent Assignment System (ePAS)
  • Financial Manager and Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront

The maintenance will cause an outage to payment processing for USPTO storefronts. Users of the following systems should not attempt to make a payment during the maintenance period:

  • Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web)
  • Patent Maintenance Fee Storefront
  • Order Entry Management System (OEMS)

For Patent Customers:

During the maintenance period, EFS-Web applicants may file new patent applications and follow-on submissions without fees.

Please do not file ePetitions, eTerminal Disclaimers, Web 85b, or any submissions which require fee payment at time of submission, since these will fail without successful payment.

EFS-Web Applicants:

During the maintenance period, if you need to file a new patent application (except 371 National Stage), please use EFS-Web Contingency:

For follow-on submissions, please use an alternative filing method.
If you have questions, please contact the EBC (Patent Electronic Business Center) at 1-866-217-9197, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m., until 12 a.m. ET, or email