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Private PAIR

Securely access information on your pending patent application

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Electronic filing access

To register for access to USPTO electronic filing systems visit our Getting Started - New Users page

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Sponsorship Tool

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 account and the support staff must each have a account. In Patent Center select Manage and Sponsor user to review active or pending sponsorship requests.

Patent Center

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 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 account or be a sponsored practitioner support user

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