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|Top of Notices (371) December 25, 2012||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1385 CNOG 2847|
|PAIR, EFS-Web, Electronic Submission||Referenced Items (359, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376)|
(371) USPTO Simplifies Electronic Filing System BACKGROUND In the summer of 2004 the Office will make available EFS-ABX, a new software client for electronic authoring of patent applications. This software greatly simplifies the creation of an electronic patent specification compared to the current USPTO Patent Application Specification Authoring Tool (PASAT). A number of other improvements address compatibility with newer operating systems and graphic issues. EFS-ABX will be made available from the Office at the Electronic Business Center, at www.uspto.gov/ebc. EFS-ABX The USPTO's Electronic Filing System consists of both client and server software applications for the authoring, validation, and the transmission of Patent Applications and related documents to the USPTO. Once received and re-validated by the Electronic Filing System (EFS) server at the Office, the application and related documents are routed to other internal Automated Information Systems for further processing. The current authoring tool, PASAT, has reached the end of its life cycle and is incompatible with some of the newest computer operating systems. EFS-ABX is the USPTO's new Patent Application Authoring Tool and will be available in the summer of 2004. It requires Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2 or later or Windows XP with Service Pack 1, and Microsoft Word as provided in Microsoft Office 2000 or Office XP with Lucida Sans Unicode font. For questions and additional information on the system requirements, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at www.uspto.gov/ebc. EFS-ABX is a customized Microsoft Word template provided by the USPTO for authoring Patent Applications. It allows the author to create a patent application completely in Microsoft Word using all the product's flexibility and functionality. All text and graphics are saved as Microsoft Word files instead of special customized files, as with the previous composition software, PASAT. The submission prepared by EFS-ABX is further processed by software called ePAVE (electronic Packaging and Validation Engine) which is also used to submit documents to the Office. Some of the benefits of EFS-ABX are: . Familiar easy to use Microsoft Word interface. . Flexible work flow for customers to share the EFS-ABX documents in their draft stage - they can be read and edited by anyone that has Microsoft Word. . Dependable validation of application specification against USPTO business rules and format requirements. . Secure application specification package creation. EFS-ABX generates both XML and PDF files. The secure PDF files become the official versions of the specification, claims, abstract and drawings, and XML files are used for the bibliographic information, 18-Month Publications and certain other processes. ePAVE, the software used to submit documents to the Office, will process applications prepared by EFS-ABX only in these formats. EFS-ABX is the next step in the Office's commitment to improve the ease of filing electronic patent applications and conform to industry standards. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: More information, including revised manuals and guidelines, are available from the USPTO Electronic Business Center on the Office web page at www.uspto.gov/ebc, or 866-217-9197. Copies of EFS-ABX will be available this summer, 2004 for downloading or by a mailed compact disc. STEPHEN G. KUNIN Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy [1286 OG 102]