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1 1 The Future of Electronic Filing at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Presented by: William Stryjewski eCommerce Division SIRA, USPTO June, 2005

2 2 Why eFiling? Problem The continued growth in USPTO workload cannot be effectively managed in the current paper-based environment. Solution Implementation of an eGovernment strategy that includes electronic –receipt, –processing, –reporting, and –Publication 21 st Century Strategic Plan FY2006 Goal: 10% of Patent Applications filed via EFS FY2006 Goal: 10% of Patent Applications filed via EFS

3 3 History of eFiling EFS Pilot Program established in 1999 ePave began receiving submissions in 1999 Began receiving PASAT submissions in 2000 EFS Production Release occurred in October 2000 EFS gained two more submission types in 2001 Supported ability to file eIDS’s in May 2002 Annex F Compliant in January 2003 Pilot 11/02 ePhoenix (aka Image File Wrapper or IFW) IFW in Production in July 2003 ePAVE interface updated May 2004 PASAT replaced with EFS-ABX August 2004

4 4 eFiling Today USPTO Supplied Software, EFS-ABX & ePAVE allow Applicants to eFile: –New Utility Patent Applications –Provisional Patent Applications –Pre-Grant Publications –Electronic Assignments –Information Disclosure Statements –CRF Bio-Sequence Listings

5 5 EFS-Web Why Web? Why Now? –USPTO Software and File Format unfamiliar and difficult to work with –Low eFiling volume –e-Filing Forum Feedback Make it Simple Make it Safe Make it Happen –Other Successful USPTO Web Initiatives –Align with USPTO Future Initiatives

6 6 EFS-Web: Timeline September 2004 – First e-Filing Forum March 2005 – e-Filing Forum Returns to Discuss Scope, Focus, & Direction May 25, 2005 – e-Filing Forum to new audience July 21, 2005 – Docketing System Meeting (tentative) Winter 2005 – Deploy Beta Version Spring 2006 – Deploy Production Version

7 7 EFS-Web: e-Filer Experience EFS-Web Will Provide Choices and Options to the e-Filer to Match Their Business Processes and Environments Multiple PDF Creation Tools Multiple Browsers & Operating Systems Multiple Authoring Tools

8 8 EFS-Web: e-Filer Authoring Experience Specifications, Drawings, and Forms May be Created With a Variety of Commercially Purchased Products, as Well as With Freeware / Shareware Available on the Internet User defined format and content for PDF File Creation Your Software, Your Format

9 9 EFS-Web: e-Filer PDF Creation Experience Preliminary USPTO Standard: –Licensed & Embedded Fonts –PDF Version X.X and Higher Compatible –No Password Encryption –No Virus or Embedded Code –No Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Sound, Movies, Executables USPTO PDF Standard Any PDF Authoring Tool That Can Conform to USPTO Defined PDF Standard

10 10 EFS-Web: e-Filer Browser Experience E-Filer Connects to Internet Using Their Existing Browser –Simple –Safe & –Secure EFS Web Sign on Compatible With Multiple Web Browsers and Operating Systems –Internet Explorer, –Mozilla Firefox, Safari –Mac, Windows, UNINetscape,

11 11 EFS-Web: e-Filer Security Experience Low Level Security = Simple SSL Connection High Level Security = USPTO Issued PKI Certificate EFS Web e-File Low Level Security for Initial Filings High Level Security for Initial Filings and Follow-on Papers

12 12 EFS-Web: e-Filer Web Filing Experience EFS-Web Will Provide an Intuitive and User Friendly Interface to Facilitate the e- Filing Experience Simple Steps Lead to Successful e- Filing Private PAIR Sign On Select Filing Type Enter Basic Bibliographic Data Attach PDF Files/Forms Pay Fees e-File Obtain e-Filing Acknowledgement Receipt

13 13 New Submission with Low Level Sign-In

14 14 Enter Application Information

15 15 Attach and Review Documents

16 16 Pay Fees Associate with New Filing

17 17 Confirm and Submit

18 18 Acknowledgement Receipt (New Application Filing)

19 19 Follow-On Submission Using Digital Certificate

20 20 Review Application Information and Attach Documents

21 21 Pay Fees Associated with New Filing

22 22 Confirm and Submit

23 23 Save Submission

24 24 Acknowledgement Receipt (Follow-On Submission)


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