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This e-Alert contains detailed information on the following important subjects regarding USPTO e-Commerce:

  • e-Office Action Pilot Program
  • New Document Description for a Letter Accompanying an Information Disclosure Statement
  • International Application Filing Standards
  • Terminal/Statutory Disclaimer Fee Payment
  • Upcoming e-Commerce Events
  • Indexing Hints

e-Office Action Pilot Program

The USPTO is hosting a pilot program for customers to evaluate and comment on the usability and functionality of the e-Office Action program. As an alternative to receiving new outgoing correspondence related to a patent application in paper via postal mail, this program sends the pilot participant an e-mail notification to directly access outgoing documents in Private PAIR.

The pilot will be entering Phase IV on August 31, 2007, and USPTO will open registration in the pilot to a limited number of new participants at this time.

If you would like to provide feedback on the e-Office Action Pilot Program or if you would like to participate in the pilot and need additional information, please send an e-mail to

e-Commerce Updates

New Document Description for a Letter Accompanying an Information Disclosure Statement
A document description for letters submitted with Information Disclosure Statements (IDS) became available in EFS-Web on July 29, 2007. When filing the letter that accompanies the IDS form in EFS-Web, please choose category IDS/References and document description Information Disclosure Statement Letter. Please do not use the document description “Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) Filed" when submitting the letter that accompanies the IDS form.

International Application Filing Standards
When filing International Applications or Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications, all documentation filed in EFS-Web should be A4 paper size (8.27 X 11.69).

Terminal/Statutory Disclaimer Fee Payment
When paying for Terminal or Statutory Disclaimers, the correct fee code is 1814 under Statutory Disclaimer located in the Post Issuance and Post Allowance Fees section of the “Calculate Fees” page in EFS-Web. See 37 CFR 1.20(d) and 1.321.

Currently, the Large Entity Statutory Disclaimer fee is available when filing a follow-on submission. The Small Entity fee option will be made available through follow-on submissions in the 1.2 release of EFS-Web scheduled for later this year.

Small entity filers can submit a fee transmittal form indicating their deposit account number as a substitute for paying the fee through EFS-Web. To pay by credit card, please submit the fee transmittal form as well as the Credit Card Payment Form (Form PTO-2038) to the Central Fax (571-273-8300) subsequent to filing the Disclaimer document via EFS-Web. Alternatively, the Credit Card Payment Form may be mailed. It is suggested that the applicant use Express Mail when submitting the Credit Card Payment Form so that the fee payment will be considered filed with the USPTO on the date of deposit with the United States Postal Service. See 37 CFR 1.10. The mailing address for such correspondence is:

Commissioner for Patents
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

Please do not submit the credit card authorization form through EFS-Web.

Upcoming e-Commerce Events

Learn more about EFS-Web by visiting the e-Commerce booth at the following events:

  • September 25-27, 2007
    National Manufacturing Week
    Exhibiting with the Japan Patent Office and the European Patent Office
    Rosemont, IL
  • October 18-20, 2007
    American Intellectual Property Law Association Annual Meeting
    Washington, DC

Did you know?

Indexing your documents correctly will prevent unnecessary delays in processing time. When submitting the Request for Continued Examination (RCE) fillable form (SB30) in EFS-Web, please choose the document description Request for Continued Examination located in the “Amendment” and “Petition” categories.



If you have any specific questions about EFS-Web, PAIR, PKI, or any other component of our e-Commerce initiative, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) at 1-866-217-9197 (toll-free) or 1-571-272-4100 or send an e-mail to "”.

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