EFS-Web and Private PAIR access denied

Your USPTO.gov account is not authorized to access EFS-Web and Private PAIR. Please refer to the instructions below.


For patent practitioners and independent inventors with existing PKI certificate

To enable access to EFS-Web and Private PAIR using your USPTO.gov account, please use the Migration Tool to link your existing PKI certificate with your USPTO.gov account.  Please see Migration Guide for step-by-step instructions and Authentication Changes page for more information. If you’ve recently migrated, your request is being processed. Please wait 1-2 business days before attempting to sign in to EFS-Web and Private PAIR with your USPTO.gov account.


For support staff using an attorney's PKI certificate (paralegals, legal Admins, and others) 

Authentication to EFS-Web and Private PAIR using a USPTO.gov account for Practitioner Support users is currently unavailable. Support staff using the PKI certificate of a Registered Practitioner should not migrate; please continue to sign in with PKI certificates until the Sponsorship Tool becomes available. The USPTO will post announcements when access for practitioner support accounts is ready.

Still having problems?

If you need assistance creating your USPTO.gov account, please call the USPTO Contact Center (UCC) at 800-786-9199. For assistance with migration, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at ebc@uspto.gov or 866-217-9197