Sponsorship Tool access denied

Your USPTO.gov account is not authorized to access the Patent Electronic System Sponsorship Tool. Please refer to the instructions below.


For patent practitioners with an existing PKI certificate 

To access the Sponsorship Tool, 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 the Authentication Change 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 the Sponsorship Tool.

For support staff using an attorney's PKI certificate (paralegals, legal admins, and others)
To access the Sponsorship Tool, your USPTO.gov account must be sponsored by a practitioner. The USPTO will post announcements when access for practitioner support accounts is ready.

For independent inventors

Access to the Sponsorship Tool is unavailable for Independent Inventor accounts.

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