Check the filing status of your patent application

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Public PAIR

For documents and status on publicly available patents and applications

Check the status of a published application

Private PAIR

Securely access information on your pending patent application

Check the status of a pending application


The Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system provides USPTO customers a safe, simple, and secure way to retrieve and download information regarding patent application status. There are two PAIR applications, Public PAIR and Private PAIR. Public PAIR provides access to issued patents and published applications. Private PAIR provides secure real-time access to pending application status and history using digital certificates.

In order to access Private PAIR, you must:

  • be a registered patent attorney/agent, an independent inventor, or a person granted limited recognition,

  • have a customer number,

  • have a digital PKI certificate to secure the transmission of the application to the USPTO

To register for Private PAIR visit our Customer Number and Digital Certificate page.

Public PAIR- Search issued patents and published applications

Private PAIR- Securely search pending applications

e-Office Action- Learn how to receive e-notification of USPTO communications

PAIR Resources- Visit our resource page for help on getting started with PAIR

Announcements and Notices

PAIR Announcements- For recent news related to both Public and Private PAIR