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EFS-Web "Sandbox" - Try before you file

Simulated EFS - Unregistered eFilers (Updated 25AUG2008)
Try out the Electronic Filing interface for Unregistered eFilers in a simulated environment where no information is transmitted to the USPTO. Preview the screens so you can know what to expect when you are actually ready to file online. Unregistered eFilers can only submit their application online and do not have the ability to save an application for later completion, nor can they perform follow-on actions or review their application record online afterwards. Such advanced capabilities require registration for a Customer Number and a Digital Certificate for proof of identity.

Simulated EFS - Registered eFilers (Updated 25AUG2008)
Try out the Electronic Filing interface for Registered eFilers in a simulated environment where no information is transmitted to the USPTO. Preview the screens so you can know what to expect when you are actually ready to file online. Registered eFilers can submit new and follow-on applications online and have the ability to save an application for later completion. They can also monitor the progress of their application online afterwards.

EFS-Web 1.4 Training [PPT, 3.58 MB > Free Viewer]

EFS-Web Training CBT

Customer Numbers and Digital Certificates
A USPTO Customer Number is not required for Unregistered eFilers, but you may use one instead of typing in your correspondence address. Both a Customer Number and a Digital Certificate are required before you can use Registered eFiling. Follow the instructions on this page to obtain and use Customer Numbers and Digital Certificates.

How to... Associate your PCT application with a Customer Number [PDF]
Information about associating your PCT Application with a Customer Number

Document Indexing
General rules for document description indexing

EFS-Web Tutorials:

Filing a New Application [PDF]
Filing an Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) [PDF]
Filing an Amendment After Notice of Allowance [PDF]
Filing an Amendment After Non-Final Rejection [PDF]
Filing an Amendment After a Final Rejection [PDF]

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Filings:

Filing a Demand for International Preliminary Examination in the United States International Preliminary Examination Authority (IPEA/US) relating to a previously filed international application under the PCT [PDF]
Filing a communication (IPEA/US) in the United States International Preliminary Examining Authority () other than the Demand or accompanying documents [PDF]
Filing a communication (RO/US or ISA/US) in the United States Receiving Office (RO/US) or the United States International Searching Authority (ISA/US) relating to a previously filed international application under the PCT [PDF]
Filing a New International Application Under PCT [PDF, 127KB] (26AUG2009)

Quick Start Guide for Pre-Grant Publications [PDF 200KB, Updated 23JUN2008]

Electronic Filing System-Web (English) (Japanese) [PDF]
The International Applicants’ Avenue to Time and Cost Savings

How to ... Cookie & JAVA Settings
Setting your web browser to work with session cookies and JAVA applets

How to ... JAVA Installation for Web Browsers |
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Computer Based Training - JAVA [PPT, 122 MB> Free Viewer]
A key component of EFS-Web is the use of JAVA applets to operate security features. For Registered users, JAVA enables them to login and access their account information online.

How to ... Security & Other Settings|
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Computer Based Training - PKI [PPT, 131 MB> Free Viewer]
Setting your browser to successfully use EFS

PDF Creation for EFS |
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Computer Based Training - About PDF Files [PPT, 135 MB> Free Viewer] |
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Computer Based Training - PDF Fillable Forms [PPT, 146 MB> Free Viewer]
Directions for creating PDF files that may be submitted to the USPTO via EFS

 

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