The Sponsorship Tool in Patent Center is now available for registered practitioners to sponsor their support staff to work on their behalf. In order to sponsor support staff, a practitioner must have a registered USPTO.gov account and the support staff must each have a USPTO.gov account. In Patent Center select Manage and Sponsor user to review active or pending sponsorship requests.
For step-by-step instructions, see Patent Center Sponsorship Tool Guide.
Sponsor Support Staff
Patent Center Info Page
Patent Center is the next generation tool, has 100% of the functionality of EFS-Web, Public and Private PAIR, and is available to all users for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface. Visit the Patent Center Info Page for more information.
Access Patent Center
The Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system, which will soon be replaced by Patent Center, provides USPTO customers a safe, simple, and secure way to retrieve and download information regarding patent application status. Private PAIR provides secure real-time access to pending application status and history using a registered USPTO.gov account.
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 registered USPTO.gov account or be a sponsored practitioner support user
Announcements and Notices
PAIR Announcements- For recent news related to Private PAIR