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Tips to Improve Your e-Filing Effectiveness

Most intellectual property (IP) firms are now filing their patent applications electronically, with many nearing the 100 percent e-filing rate, using EFS-Web. To assist our customers in fully adopting e-filing, and to more effectively e-file, we offer the following tips for using the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) e-Commerce tools.

  • Tip 1 – Review Applications in Private PAIR. Simple, preventable errors in patent applications cause unnecessary delays in processing applications. Reduce errors and rework in your submitted patent applications by reviewing the correctness of your submission directly online in Private PAIR. All patent applications submitted through EFS-Web are entered into Private PAIR and available for secure online viewing generally within minutes of submission if the application is associated with a customer number.
  • Tip 2 – Use Document Descriptions. Ensure prompt USPTO processing of submitted documents by using the correct document description on all electronically submitted documents. For more information and general rules on document description indexing, access the Document Description information via the USPTO Internet site.
  • Tip 3 – Register for Recovery Codes. Register for recovery codes in the event your Digital Certificate profile becomes expired or corrupt and receive a set of up to seven (7) recovery codes. Access the Digital Certificate Management home page and click on 'Register for Recovery Codes' to initiate the process.
  • Tip 4 – Fully Utilize e-Commerce Tools. Many leading IP firms have practically eliminated filing paper patent applications. Those firms have incorporated USPTO’s e-Commerce tools, such as EFS-Web and PAIR, in their electronic patent filing process to achieve the most benefits. For firms that are still filing paper applications, it may be time to take full advantage of e-filing, and share the benefits of going paperless:
    • Increased productivity and cost savings from reduced paper-based processing
    • Easy online access to important patent information
    • Increased customer responsiveness and service levels


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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