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How To View and Download References

Getting Started

To view and download cited US references for an application using PAIR's E-Patent Reference, you will first need to verify that your computer meets the System Requirements. See Software Installation Instructions for guidance when installing Java™ or Adobe® Reader®.

System Requirements

Operating System:



Software Installation Instructions

Follow these instructions to install the latest version of JavaTM2 Runtime Environment (JRE). You must have local administrative rights for your computer.


Note: Completing the installation of the Java Runtime Environment Update will close all Internet Explorer windows. To prevent data loss, please finish your online work before installing the update.

Windows 2000/XP users:
  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down to "Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 5.0 Update 10" and click on the "Download" button next to it.
  3. Accept the License Agreement and click on "Windows Online Installation, Multi-language". (You may also use the Offline Installation, which is a larger download.)
  4. In the dialog box that appears, choose "Save" to save the file on your computer and run the installer or choose "Open" to run it from the download site.
  5. Choose "Typical Setup", read and accept the License Agreement.
  6. Click on "Finish" when the installation is completed.
  7. Close all IE windows and reboot your system.

Additionally, TruePass requires the following settings in order to work properly.
  1. Click the "Start" menu, go to Control Panel, and select Java. The Java Control Panel will be launched.
  2. Click on the "Advanced" tab, expand the "Security" option, and enable "use TLS 1.0" by placing a check in the box. Click on "Apply" and then "OK".

Now launch Internet Explorer.
  1. Select "Tools" from the menu bar and choose "Internet Options".
  2. Select the "Advanced" tab. Check the entry under "Java(Sun)", located at about the middle of the scroll box. It should read: "Use JRE 1.5.0_10" and the box should be checked.
  3. Now scroll to the bottom, find the entry "Use TLS 1.0". This box should also be checked.
  4. Click "Apply" and "OK".

If you are using a proxy to connect to the Internet, you need to copy the "Address" and "Port" entries to Java.

(To determine whether you are using a proxy to connect to the Internet, open Internet Explorer, choose the "Tools" menu and select "Internet Options". Click on the "Connections" tab and the "LAN Settings" button. If the box under "Proxy Server" labeled "Use a proxy server for you LAN" is checked, you are using a proxy to connect to the Internet.)

  1. Close all Internet Explorer windows. Click on the "Start" menu and go to the Control Panel.
  2. Choose Java to open the Java Control Panel.
  3. Open the "General" tab and click on "Network Settings", select the "Proxy Server" radio button and fill out the "Address" and "Port" boxes so they match what the settings are in Internet Explorer.
  4. Click "OK" and then click on "Delete Files" under "Temporary Internet Files" in the "General" tab. Click "Apply and OK".
Adobe® Reader®
  1. Go to:
  2. Click the "Get Adobe® Reader®" link under the "Adobe PDF" column.
  3. Complete Steps 1 and 2, then click the DOWNLOAD link.
  4. When prompted by the File Download window, click the Open button to begin the download.

View and Download References

If the E-Patent Reference service is available for your application, the "Display References" button will appear when viewing the search results for Application Number, Patent Number, or Publication Number. Click this button to view a list of electronic reference forms, sorted by Mail Date. In the "Form Type" column, click the desired reference form link. E-Patent Reference will launch and retrieve a list of cited US references available for download. The retrieval status, such as "Retrieving 8 of 12 references", will display at the bottom of the window. A document list will appear in the top panel of the window. Use the scroll bar to the right of the document list, or click and drag the bottom of the document list panel, to review the entire document list.

Set the Document Download Folder

The first time E-Patent Reference is launched, the following startup options will be displayed: Once a download folder has been set, subsequent launches of E-Patent Reference will display the following startup options:

Change the Document Download Folder

After E-Patent Reference is opened, you may change the document download folder by selecting File|Configure (Ctrl+G) on the menu bar. The Configuration window shows the current folder path in the "Base Folder" field. Type in the desired path, or click the "Browse" button to locate and select the new location. If desired, the application number will be used to automatically create a subfolder within the base folder as the destination for your downloaded reference files. To disable this option, uncheck "Append application number to base folder" and use the "Browse" button to select and/or create a different folder. Click the "Save" button on the Configuration window to retain your selections.

Preview the Front Page

To view the front page of an application, click the desired row then click the "Preview" (Ctrl+P) button. The document's Front Page will display in the panel below the document list. The Front Page panel may be resized by clicking and dragging the top panel border.

Download Documents

To select specific document images for download, click the check box under the Download column in the row of the desired document(s). To select all documents displayed, click the "Select All" (Ctrl+A) button. To start the download process, click the "Download" (Ctrl+D) button. The Status and Progress columns will display the state of each document download.

Cancel One or More Downloads

To cancel one or more downloads click the "Cancel" (Ctrl+C) button. From the Cancel window, select "Cancel download for highlighted row only" or "Cancel all selected downloads". Click the "OK" button to stop the specified downloads in progress.

View a Downloaded Document

The Status "PDF download complete" indicates that a document has been successfully downloaded. Use Adobe® Reader® to open and view downloaded PDF documents. Each selected document will complete its download independently, and may be viewed as other documents continue to download.

Close the Application

Select File|Exit (Alt+F4) on the menu bar, or click the Close button in the top right corner of the application, to exit the application. Important Note: Only one instance of E-Patent Reference may be open on the desktop. Please close E-Patent Reference before selecting a new link from the PAIR Forms list.

Short-Cut Keys

The following menu items have short-cut keys:
Menu Menu Item Short-Cut Key
File Alt+F
  Configure... Ctrl+G
  Exit Alt+F4
View   lt+V
  Tool Bar Ctrl+T
  Status Bar Ctrl+U
  Front Page Preview Ctrl+F
Document   Alt+D
  Download Ctrl+D
  Cancel Ctrl+C
  Preview Ctrl+P
  Select All Ctrl+A
  Clear All Ctrl+L
Help   Alt+H
  Help... F1
  About... Ctrl+F1

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