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  

To access the Sponsorship Tool, you must have a verified USPTO.gov account.  New customers, or customers who did not migrate by the migration deadline, can obtain a verified USPTO.gov account using the new verification process.


For support staff (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 800-786-9199. For assistance with migration, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at ebc@uspto.gov or 866-217-9197.