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USPTO e-COMMERCE e-ALERT

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

  • USPTO to Release Private PAIR and Public PAIR Enhancements

  • Indexing Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Request Documents
  • Priority Document Exchange (PDX): Accessing Design Applications

USPTO to Release Private and Public PAIR Enhancements

Based on feedback from the intellectual property community, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce enhancements to its Private PAIR and Public PAIR systems. Private PAIR 7.3/7.4 and Public PAIR 3.1 are scheduled to be released July 4, 2008. This release includes enhancements to the e-Office Action Pilot Program. The e-Office Action e-mail notification will now list the IFW document code and mailroom date, in addition to the application number and Attorney Docket Number.

For more information on the Private PAIR and Public PAIR enhancements, please visit: https://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/announce_pair.htm.

e-Office Action Registration

In order to benefit from the e-Office Action Pilot Program enhancements, one must be a registered participant in the program. One can register for the e-Office Action Pilot Program by e-mailing your request to participate and Customer Numbers to the PAIR team at ebc@uspto.gov. As an alternative to receiving new outgoing correspondence related to a patent application in paper via postal mail, pilot participants in the e-Office Action program receive an e-mail notifying them to directly access outgoing documents in Private PAIR.

e-Commerce Updates

Indexing Patent Prosecution Highway Request Documents

When submitting a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Request, all documents (except preliminary amendments and information disclosure statements (IDSs) including foreign patent documents and non-patent literature) related to Patent Prosecution Highway should be indexed as "Petition to Make Special under Patent Pros Hwy." Unlike other filings, documents should not be separated. IDSs including foreign patent documents and non-patent literature should be indexed as “Information Disclosure Statement Filed,” “Foreign Reference,” and “NPL Documents,” respectively. Preliminary amendments should be indexed as “Preliminary Amendment.”

For more information about PPH, visit: https://www.uspto.gov/main/patents.htm.

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Priority Document Exchange (PDX): Accessing Design Applications

The Priority Document Exchange (PDX) program does not include design patent applications. Japanese and European design applications are located in electronic systems separate from the utility applications, which are accessible via PDX.

 


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