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, your USPTO.gov account must first be migrated. 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.


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 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 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