USPTO Announces Updates to the
Private Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) System
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) is pleased
to announce the availability of an updated version of Private PAIR,
Private PAIR allows independent inventors, registered patent attorneys, and
patent agents the ability to access real-time status information, application
documents and history information of their pending patent applications using
Benefits of Private PAIR 5.6 include:
- The Attorney/Agent listing now displays the attorney’s registration
status with the USPTO. For example, if an attorney’s registration is
inactive, PAIR now lists this information.
- Forms that have been re-mailed
to applicants are now displayed in Private
- The Applicant column displays accurate Patent Term Extension (PTE) history.
Registering for Private PAIR
To register for Private PAIR, customers must first
obtain the essential identification materials:
- Customer Number
Unique number associated with a correspondence address,
practitioner(s) of record, and/or fee address of the filer.
- Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificate
Unique profile (created
using security software) associated with a single registered practitioner
or an independent inventor not retaining counsel.
Once the Customer
Number and PKI Certificate have been obtained, customers must:
- Associate Current Patent Applications with the Customer Number
must associate current patent applications with their new
The required forms and instructions on registering for Private PAIR are available
on the USPTO Internet’s PAIR New Users Page: https://www.uspto.gov/ebc/digitalcert.htm.
The Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) is a complete
customer service center that supports all Patent e-business products and
EBC representatives can be reached toll free at 866-217-9197 between the
hours of 6 a.m. and midnight Monday through Friday EST, or by e-mail at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on the Patent EBC Web
site at: https://www.uspto.gov/ebc/index.html.