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.


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

To access EFS-Web and Private PAIR, your USPTO.gov account must be sponsored by a practitioner. The Sponsorship Tool is available for registered practitioners to sponsor their support staff to work on their behalf. In order to sponsor support staff, a practitioner must first migrate to a USPTO.gov account and the support staff must each have a USPTO.gov account.

For step-by-step instructions, see Sponsorship Tool Guide

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