Filing Patent Applications
Using the Internet
Last fall the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
announced the filing of the first new patent application over the
Internet -- a gene sequence listing for a pending biotechnology
Filing System Pilot
year, PTO, a new performance-based organization in the Department
of Commerce, unveiled a pilot program that will allow a small group
of participants to apply for patents online for inventions that
arent too complex.
Filing System Pilot eliminates the cost and delay of physically
handling, processing and delivering patent applications. This service
also offers PTO's customers automated assistance in preparing their
transmittal information and provides real time acknowledgment of
of Commerce is using the web to entirely change the way we interact
with our customers. What eBay has done for auctions, we are trying
to do for government," U.S. Commerce Secretary William M. Daley
said. "The EFS Pilot moves Commerce another step closer to going
from a paper-based bureaucracy to an all-digital Department by the
applications, patent applications are confidential, presenting the
PTO a special challenge. EFS Pilot uses an electronic Packaging
and Validation Engine (ePAVE,) developed by the agency. ePAVE provides
customers with a means to enter transmittal and fee information,
bundle it with the application's Declaration and Specification,
compress the package, and transmit it to the agency.
the confidentially and integrity of the information as it is being
transmitted over the Internet, ePAVE leverages PTO's recently deployed
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) software to digitally sign and encrypt
file applications for much of the world's most sophisticated advertising
and technology and they expect state-of-the-art service from the
agency," said Q. Todd Dickinson, Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks."
of Patent Applications
customers can also track the status of their patent applications
without compromising confidentiality or security using PTO's Patent
Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system.
also apply for trademarks online and search for trademark records.
See Trademark Information
Search System (TESS) allows the public to search and retrieve, for
free via an Internet browser, the 2.6 million plus pending, registered,
abandoned, cancelled or expired trademark records found in PTOs
X-Search system. PTOs X-Search is the same database and search
system used by PTOs examining attorneys for examination of
TESS is slated
to replace the older online trademark search database that PTO made
available to the public. The previous database was updated with
new information only every two months. The TESS system is updated
five times per week. For the first time, the public has access within
24 hours of entry to the same trademark data as the PTOs examining
The PTO is
the Commerce Departments user fee-funded bureau that administers
laws relevant to granting patents and registering trademarks. Over
6 million patents have been issued since the first patent in 1790.
Last year PTO issued 161,000 patents and registered 104,000 trademarks.
Maulsby at (703) 305-8341 or Moorie Goodman or Pat Woodward at (202)