Thursday, October 18, 2018

EFS-Web and Private PAIR authentication change: Sponsorship tool

EFS-Web and Private PAIR users now have a new, safer, and simpler login. In November, a new sponsorship tool will be available for registered practitioners to sponsor their support staff, who work on their behalf. We will no longer support the existing public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates for two-factor authentication because the PKI authentication software vendor will no longer support the product after 2018. 
Creating an account
If you or your support staff do not already have accounts, you will need to create one and opt-in for two-step authentication. 
Migrating an existing account
If you are a registered practitioner or independent inventor with an existing PKI digital certificate, use our migration tool with these step-by-step instructions to link your new account to your current PKI digital certificate.
Using your new account
There are new URLs for EFS-Web and Private PAIR when signing in using your account. You will need to update any bookmarks you may have:
More Information
Please review the Patent Electronic System Access Document for additional information on authentication, sponsorship, and verification for accessing patent electronic systems.
We invite you to register for multiple information sessions related to this authentication change, because new information will be added as it becomes available. 
For more information, visit Authentication Change for EFS-Web and PAIR.
If you need assistance creating your account, please call the USPTO Contact Center (UCC) at 800-786-9199. For assistance with migration, please contact the Patent Electronic Business Center at or 866-217-9197.