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USPTO e-COMMERCE e-ALERT

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

  • EFS-Web Compatibility with Adobe Reader 8.1.2

  • Filing a Petition to Make Special Based on Age
  • Trilateral Co-operation Exhibit in Hannover
  • Public PAIR Data Mining Webcast Posted
  • Feedback on Public PAIR Data Mining
  • USPTO at PIUG 2008 Annual Conference
  • Confirming Payments

EFS-Web Compatibility with Adobe Reader 8.1.2

EFS-Web utilizes standard web-based screens and prompts to enable you to submit portable document format (PDF) documents directly to the USPTO within minutes. A key component of EFS-Web is the use of PDF Form-Fillable documents, which are interactive forms with various field types and formatting options that auto-load field information directly in USPTO's systems. PDF Form-Fillable files are portable; they may be circulated to various people in your office for completion prior to being submitted to the USPTO.

When used in conjunction with EFS-Web, PDF Form-Fillable documents can help the intellectual property community speed the filing and submission process and accelerate the processing of patent applications and documents in USPTO's technology infrastructure for users.

Based on feedback from the intellectual property community, the USPTO is pleased to announce that, effective May 12, 2008, e-Filers may use Adobe Reader 8.1.2 to complete USPTO Form-Fillable PDFs. Adobe Reader versions 7.0.8, 7.0.9, and 8.1.1 will continue to be supported. For more information on fillable forms, please visit: : https://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/forms.htm..

e-Commerce Updates

Filing a Petition to Make Special Based on Age

To submit a "Petition to Make Special Based on Age," please use the EFS-Web auto-processed petition or choose the document description "Petition for Review by the Office of Petitions." The document description "Petition to Make Special Under Patent Pros Hwy" should be used for Patent Prosecution Highway requests only.


Trilateral Co-operation Exhibit in Hannover

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) joined its Trilateral partners, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and European Patent Office (EPO), in exhibiting at Hannover Messe on April 21-25, 2008. More than 200,000 people attended the four-day industrial trade fair in Hannover, Germany, allowing the USPTO and its Trilateral partners to educate leaders in research and development on intellectual property protection.

Hannover Messe is just one of three trade fair events attended by the Trilateral Partners each year. The JPO and EPO will be joining the USPTO again May 18-22 at the Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) 2008 Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. In November, the Trilateral partners plan to exhibit at the 2008 Patent Information Fair in Tokyo, Japan.

To learn more about the Trilateral Co-operation, please visit: www.trilateral.net.

Public PAIR Data Mining Webcast Posted

The Public PAIR Data Mining Webcast that took place on April 30, 2008, is available for on-demand viewing at https://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/publicpairupdates.html.


Feedback on Public PAIR Data Mining

The USPTO will continue to accept comments on Public PAIR data mining through June 1, 2008. Please send your comments and questions about data mining and the PAIR webcast to PAIR_webcast@uspto.gov. To help us better understand your needs, please include details about the types of PAIR data you need and how often you need to receive it.

Upcoming e-Commerce Events

USPTO at PIUG 2008 Annual Conference

Be sure to visit the USPTO/Trilateral Partners:

. May 18, 2008-May 21, 2008
Patent Information Users Group (PIUG) 2008 Annual Conference
Exhibiting with the Japan Patent Office and the European Patent Office
Arlington, VA
http://www.piug.org/2008/an08meet.php.

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Confirming Payments

EFS-Web processes payments immediately, which allows e-Filers to confirm that USPTO received payment by viewing the electronic Acknowledgement Receipt. e-Filers who have established a Financial Profile account may also confirm payments by viewing their payment history. Fee payments submitted by paper or fax may be verified in the Financial Profile account after manual fee processing is completed.

For more information on the Financial Profile System, please visit: https://www.uspto.gov/main/finance_profile.htm.

 


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 "ebc@uspto.gov”.

To receive regular e-mail updates from the USPTO on Patents e-Commerce and other e-Commerce related developments, please subscribe to the e-Commerce e-Alert using the following link: http://uspto.websurveyor.net/mail/register.aspx/uspto.websurveyor.net/mail/register.aspx.

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