Thursday, September 28, 2017

Patent Quality Chat

The USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar series continues Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. – noon ET to discuss “Examiners Provide Their Views on Prepared Applications.”

In a recent application readiness survey, we polled examiners to investigate patent application attributes that enhance the ability of examiners to efficiently and effectively do their job. Particular features in filed specifications, claims, and Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) documents were considered. Examiners across disciplines and experience levels commented on how these features helped or hindered their review of patent applications. 
Application readiness experts will discuss the survey results on Oct. 12. Share your ideas about how the USPTO can help you improve the quality of incoming patent applications. We look forward to hearing your feedback. Please send your input and questions to before and during the event.

To attend the webinar, please click on Patent Quality Chat.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New Features for EFS-Web and Private PAIR

Effective Sept. 10, all EFS-Web-registered and Private PAIR users have access to new features, including the ability to file structured text via EFS-Web and access structured text submissions, structured text Office actions, and XML downloads via Private PAIR. 
For more information, please see the associated Quick Start Guides:

If you have questions or need assistance filing via EFS-Web or PAIR, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at 1-866-217-9197 or

Monday, September 11, 2017

Patent Quality Chat

Attend the USPTO’s Patent Quality Chat webinar tomorrow, Sept. 12, from noon – 1 p.m. ET using this link.
This month’s topic is “How Can the Patents Ombudsman and Pro Se Assistance Programs Work For You?”

Friday, September 8, 2017

New Webpage for Customers Affected by Hurricanes

The USPTO has a new webpage for customers affected by Hurricane Harvey. It includes contact information for those who may have questions or problems regarding applications or other proceedings related to patents, trademarks, or other business before the agency. The webpage will be updated to include links to forthcoming guidance and instructions for customers impacted by Harvey, and for those impacted by Hurricane Irma should it become necessary.

AAU Contact Center Closed 9/14 (11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

The USPTO Application Assistance Unit (AAU) Contact Center will be closed Thursday, Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. During this time, callers may leave a voicemail message with their contact information or email