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					           The Future of Electronic Filing
                       at the
 United States Patent and Trademark Office

Presented by:
William Stryjewski
eCommerce Division
SIRA, USPTO
                                             June, 2005

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                                   Why eFiling?
                                              FY2006 Goal:
Problem                                         10% of Patent Applications filed via EFS
•   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
                21st Century Strategic Plan                                            2
             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
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            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
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                        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
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                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
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                 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 Authoring           Multiple Browsers &
            Tools                 Operating Systems

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             EFS-Web: e-Filer
            Authoring Experience
• Specifications,
  Drawings, and Forms       • Your Software,
  May be Created With a        Your Format
  Variety of Commercially
  Purchased Products, as
  Well as With Freeware /
  Shareware Available on
  the Internet



                              User defined format
                                and content for
                               PDF File Creation    8
            EFS-Web: e-Filer PDF
             Creation Experience
• Preliminary USPTO
  Standard:                   Any PDF
  – Licensed & Embedded        Authoring
    Fonts
  – PDF Version X.X and      Tool That Can
    Higher Compatible         Conform to
  – No Password Encryption
                                USPTO
  – No Virus or Embedded
    Code                     Defined PDF
  – No Object Linking and      Standard
    Embedding (OLE)
     • Sound, Movies,
       Executables             USPTO PDF
                                Standard
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              EFS-Web: e-Filer
             Browser Experience
• E-Filer Connects to    •   Compatible With Multiple
  Internet Using Their       Web Browsers
                             and Operating Systems
  Existing Browser            – Internet Explorer,
  – Simple                    – Mozilla Firefox, Safari
  – Safe &                    – Mac, Windows,
                                 UNINetscape,
  – Secure




                                   EFS Web
                                    Sign on          10
             EFS-Web: e-Filer
            Security Experience
• Low Level Security     Low Level Security
                          for Initial Filings
  = Simple SSL
  Connection
• High Level Security    High Level Security
                        for Initial Filings and
  = USPTO Issued          Follow-on Papers
  PKI Certificate



                              EFS Web
                               e-File             11
           EFS-Web: e-Filer Web
             Filing Experience
• EFS-Web Will
                                 Sign On
  Provide an Intuitive       Select Filing Type
  and User Friendly      Enter Basic Bibliographic
                                   Data
  Interface to            Attach PDF Files/Forms
  Facilitate the e-              Pay Fees
                                   e-File
  Filing Experience           Obtain e-Filing
                            Acknowledgement
• Simple Steps Lead               Receipt
  to Successful e-
  Filing
                                 Private
                                  PAIR         12
New Submission with Low
           Level Sign-In




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Enter Application Information




                           14
Attach and Review
       Documents




                15
Pay Fees Associate with
            New Filing




                      16
Confirm and Submit




                 17
Acknowledgement Receipt
 (New Application Filing)




                        18
 Follow-On Submission
Using Digital Certificate




                        19
Review Application Information
        and Attach Documents




                             20
Pay Fees Associated with
             New Filing




                       21
Confirm and Submit




                 22
Save Submission




              23
Acknowledgement Receipt
 (Follow-On Submission)




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