15 December 2017
Washington DC
Reporter: Barney Dixon

USPTO unveils new filing system


The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has unveiled a new filing system that will launch in 2018 and be fully implemented by 2019.

In a blog post on the USPTO website, commissioner for patents, Drew Hirshfield, explained that the new system, Patent Center, will replace the current EFS-Web and PAIR systems and aim to be more user friendly, allowing applicants to file and view their patent applications in one central location.

Patent Center will include new features, including the ability to upload multiple documents at a time, drag-and-drop documents, and save submissions.

The system will run in beta throughout 2018, with the aim to complete a full transition by 2019.

Hirshfield said that the beta phase will be a “great opportunity to start the transition to using the new tool and provide feedback for improvements towards further development”.

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