Systems updates

USPTO's IT systems

This page describes recent improvements and new features of USPTO online systems.

For the latest information on operating status and availability of online systems, please visit the systems status page.

Friday Dec 15, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from December 15, 2017

In this release, we removed the 20 item limit for collections for the Patent docket widget.  You can create as many collections as you need and add up to 1000 items per collection. Try it and let us know what you think. 

 In addition, the Trademark docket widget [and corresponding emails] now include easy access to trial proceeding information. 

 For those who have chosen to enroll in the optional extra layer of security for your account, there is a second option for receiving an authentication code.  You can choose to receive the code via email or by using an app that generates the key on your mobile device.  Go to the Two-step authentication section of your account details page to learn more.

Friday Nov 10, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from November 10, 2017

In this release, you can now see which items have changed status over the past 14 days in your Patent Docket. In addition, we implemented a notification feature that allows you to receive an email when a status changes on items within a collection.

In the account area, there is now an ability to identify your interest as either patents, trademarks or both. This will help tailor your MyUSPTO experience as new widgets are added.

Monday Aug 28, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from August 26, 2017

The customize columns feature allows you to choose what data fields are displayed on the full screen view of your Patent or Trademark docket. Find it in the Full screen view Full screen view icon of your docket.

Reminder to Trademark post-registration docket users: We are deactivating this widget and have eliminated the ability to create new collections and to add items to existing collections. Please move your collections to the Trademark docket.

Friday Jul 14, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from July 14, 2017

In this release, we introduced an optional extra layer of security for your account. You can choose to sign-in with the extra security of two steps–the first with the email address and password as you always have, and the second with a special code that is sent separately via email.

There are other changes as well. We have updated the notification feature on the trademark docket. You now have the ability to select which notifications you would like to receive individual collection level.  This allows you to receive only the emails for status changes on items of interest

Also, MyUSPTO will now notify you when a new Trademark Official Gazette was published. Turn on notifications in the Trademark Official Gazette widget. 

Let us know what you think at MyUSPTO feedback forum on IdeaScale.

Thursday May 25, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from May 25, 2017

You spoke and we listened.  In this release, we removed the 20 item limit for collections for the TM docket widget.  You can create as many collections as you need and add up to 1000 applications and registered trademarks per collection.  And when adding items to your collection, in addition to serial and registration number, you now have the ability to search on applicant owner, mark literal or attorney name. Try it and out and let us know what you think.

Saturday Apr 22, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from April 22, 2017

This April release introduces a new Trademark Docket which allows you to view both applications and registered trademarks in one convenient location.  This docket was created in response to user feedback, highlighting the need for this single location.

Wednesday Apr 12, 2017

Global Patent Search Network (GPSN) Decommissioned

In view of readily available alternate sources to access Chinese patent documents, the USPTO has decommissioned the Global Patent Search Network (GPSN) and users will no longer have access.

Instead, users may use public websites that are available to access Chinese patent documentation from the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People's Republic of China, such as:

Friday Mar 31, 2017 release notes from March 31, 2017

  • New feature to show/hide sections of text on a page
  • Improved print stylesheets
  • Improved page refreshing
  • Enhanced record-keeping abilities
  • Various bug fixes

Saturday Mar 25, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from March 25, 2017

In this March release, based on user feedback, we added the docket number and customer number to the patent docket.

Friday Mar 03, 2017 release notes from March 3, 2017

  • New "speech" content type
  • Updates to pre-existing pages to accommodate new "speech" content type
  • Added automatic updating of videos within a page
  • Added pagination for the video list page
  • Improved image handling
  • Enhancements to the USAjobs module
  • Bug fixes related to mobile, photo gallery, and event module

Friday Feb 24, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from February 24, 2017

In this February release, based on user feedback, we’ve made the user-provided docket number available in the Trademark dockets. The docket number will also be in the Trademark status change notification emails that go out to users who have opted-in to receive them.  

Thursday Jan 19, 2017

MyUSPTO release notes from January 19, 2017

In this January release, we have enhanced our trademark dockets based on end-user feedback. Users will now be able to search and add multiple items at a time to their trademark dockets. Try it out and let us know on our Ideascale page what you think.

Also in this release are updates to the tutorial (accessible under the MyUSPTO help link upon signing in).

Monday Dec 12, 2016

MyUSPTO release notes from December 17, 2016

In this December release, we are introducing a new page header on the MyUSPTO home page that will allow users to quickly navigate to different systems to perform transactional tasks. This header will continue to evolve based on feedback.

Also in this December release are minor enhancements to the trademark dockets. release notes from December 9, 2016

  • New video module
  • New video list page module
  • New video embedding mechanism
  • Improved storage method for Helpful/ Not Helpful feedback form data
  • Improved Newsletter module footer options
  • Improved styling of Acronym links on section landing pages
  • Simplified process to upload multiple images or files
  • Added a hover delay on the mega menu
  • Added warning text when incorrect input provided on the Helpful/Not Helpful feedback form
  • Added auto-closing to the exit confirmation pop-up box
  • Added large search box option for homepage
  • Fixed various bugs

Monday Sep 19, 2016 release notes from September 16, 2016

  • Search feature enabling searches by keyword of all Inventor's Eye newsletter articles
  • Module to display 5 most recent USPTO job postings from USA jobs on Jobs homepage
  • FAQ improvements: faster return of search results, clearer helper text
  • Updates to the exit confirmation icon and messages for o
  • Approving multiple pages at once
  • Improvements to helpful/not helpful feedback form, including requiring an email