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

  • Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) Joins Priority Document Exchange Program
  • Preventing Digital Certificates from Expiring
  • Did you know? : EFS–Web and Adobe 9.0

Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) Joins Priority Document Exchange Program

The USPTO announced the addition of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) as a Participating Office in the Priority Document Exchange (PDX) program on October 14, 2008. Through the PDX program, the USPTO and KIPO have the ability to exchange priority documents electronically at no cost to the applicant. To grant the USPTO authority to provide the KIPO access to an unpublished U.S. application, e–Filers can either check the box labeled “Authorization To Permit Access To Application by Participating Offices” on Form PTO/SB/01 or attach Form PTO/SB/39 to their submission.

To learn more about KIPO’s involvement with PDX, please visit: eognotice/kipopdx_10142008.pdf. or e-mail your questions to

e-Commerce Updates

Preventing Digital Certificates from Expiring

Digital certificates can expire if the proper steps aren't taken to maintain them. Below are steps you can take to ensure you always have access to USPTO's e-Commerce systems.

  1. Within 120 days of receipt, use the authorization code and reference number received from the Electronic Business Center (EBC) to create and download your digital certificate. After 120 days, the authorization code and reference number will expire and require replacement.
  2. Immediately after downloading your digital certificate, go to to create your digital certificate self-recovery codes. Save these codes in a secure location. These codes allow you to immediately recover your certificate should any problem occur. Remember, without creating self-recovery codes, recovery by the EBC is your only option and will take several business days.
  3. Active digital certificates are automatically renewed for indefinite access. This renewal occurs automatically while you are using your certificate. Therefore, it is important to use your certificate regularly, at least every 90 days.
  4. If you have copied your digital certificate on multiple computers, be sure to document the locations of each copy. After automatic renewal, only the copy in use at that time of renewal will be valid; all other copies must be updated separately. If you experience problems with your certificate, try the following steps before contacting the EBC: review the modification dates of all certificate copies; determine the most current copy; and then simply replace all outdated copies with the most recent certificate.

Did you know?

EFS–Web filers can use the latest version of Adobe® Reader®, version 9.0, to complete EFS–Web fillable PDF forms. Submitting a Form-Fillable PDF via EFS–Web provides auto–loading of data directly into USPTO databases. In addition, realtime auto–processing is available for the following e–Petitions:

  • SB66 Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delayed Payment of Maintenance Fee in an Expired Patent (37 CFR 1.378(c))
  • SB130 Petition to Make Special based on Age.

EFS–Web fillable PDF forms remain compatible with previous Adobe® Reader® versions 7.0.8, 7.0.9, 8.1.1, and 8.1.2. Download Reader 9.0 from the Adobe® Web site: html.


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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