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United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                                      William Stryjewski
                                     Project Manager, E-Commerce
                                         United States Patent &
                                           Trademark Office




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
         Some Housekeeping Items

     • Today’s webcast is a two-part event
            – EFS-Web Overview
            – EFS-Web Training
     • Questions can be submitted to presenters
       via the E-mail button at any time
     • Registered attendees will receive a copy of
       this PowerPoint presentation
     • Today’s seminar is being recorded and will
       be available for replay within 1 hour of the
       conclusion of the broadcast:
            – http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                 EFS-Web Overview




USPTO’s new web-based patent application and document submission solution
                EFS-Overview Agenda

     • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.
            –   Background Information
            –   Goals
            –   Key features/functions/benefits
            –   Integration with other USPTO applications
            –   How to get started with EFS-Web
            –   Live Product Demonstration




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                   Important Background
                        Information

     • USPTO is reengineering the patent
       prosecution process to better serve today’s
       IP needs

     • Patent filing is a paper-intensive process,
       with over 2 million pages submitted weekly

     • USPTO has developed a new web-based
       patent filing system after intense
       consultation and feedback from the IP law
       community

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                                   Goals


     • Have at least 10% of all new patent
       applications filed electronically by
       September 30, 2006

     • Continue a dialogue with the IP
       community regarding automation of the
       patent prosecution process




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                Introducing EFS-Web




 USPTO’s new web-based patent application and document submission solution




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                 What EFS-Web Does


     • Allows rapid online submission of PDF
       files of patent applications and documents
     • Verifies and validates files before
       submission
     • Allows online payment of patent
       application and document filing fees
     • Provides an acknowledgement receipt
       that is the equivalent of post card receipt
     • Provides virtually immediate access to
       patent application data in Private PAIR
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
            EFS-Web – An Electronic
                  Envelope




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                     Overview
                How EFS-Web Works
                                                                                 •New Application
                                                                                    • Design
                                                      Access EFS-Web                • Utility
                                                      As Unregistered               • Provisional
                              User                         Filer                    • 371

                         Accesses USPTO
                              Portal                                             •New Application
                                                                                    • Design
                                                       Authenticate                 • Utility
                                                                                    • Provisional
                                                       as Registered                • 371
                                                           Filer                 •Existing Application
                                                                                 •Saved Package
                                                                                 •Last 20 EFS receipts



      Enter
                                                            Upload                  Calculate
Key Bibliographic                Attach PDF
                                                              and                     Fees                        Submit
      Data                          Files
                                                            Validate                (Optional)
   (New Only)




           Choose                    Pay Fees                  Receive                         Access Filing in
           Payment                   Via RAM               Acknowledgement                      Private PAIR
           Options                   Interface                 Receipt                        (Registered Filer Only)
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
             USPTO’s Patent Application
                   Architecture




                                                 Image                 Patent Application
                                             File Wrapper                 Locating &
                                                  (IFW)                   Monitoring
                                                                            (PALM)




                                        Public Patent Application               Private Patent Application
                                          Information Retrieval                    Information Retrieval
                                              (Public PAIR)                            (Private PAIR)




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
       Who Can Submit Patent
     Applications and Documents?

     • Unregistered Filers
            – Anyone who visits EFS-Web can submit patent applications and
              documents
            – Patent attorneys, patent agents, paralegals, legal secretaries,
              pro se filers
            – A customer number is NOT required for submissions


     • Registered Filers
            – Those who obtain a Digital Certificate in advance from USPTO’s
              Electronic Business Center (EBC)




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                 What CAN Be Filed?


     • New Applications                                          • Numerous Document Types
            –   New Utility                                             – Amendments, Petitions, Board
            –   Provisional                                               of Appeals Documents,
            –   Design with Color Drawings                                Information Disclosure
                                                                          Statements, Non-Patent
            –   371 National Stage                                        Literature, Foreign
                                                                          References, etc.
     • Follow-on submissions                                     • Numerous Fees
       associated with an                                               – Filing Fees
       Application                                                      – Extensions of Time
                                                                        – Petition Fees




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                        What CANNOT
                          Be Filed

     • Text files (Fall 2006)                                    • Secrecy Order Applications
            – Bio Sequence Listings                                and/or Documents
            – Computer Program Listings                          • Contested Cases at Board of
            – Text Tables                                          Appeal and Interferences
     • New Plant Applications or                                 • Third party papers under 37
       Color Plant Drawings                                        CFR 1.99
     • Documents related to                                      • Protests under 37 CFR 1.291
       Registration Practice &                                   • Public use hearing papers
       Disciplinary Proceedings                                    under 37 CFR 1.292
     • Certified Copies                                          • PCT International
     • Reexamination and Reissue                                   Applications (Fall 2006)



United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    EFS-Web Benefits

     • Requires no changes to your existing patent
       application authoring process
     • Eliminates charges for Express Mail & couriers
     • Eliminates possibility of losing applications enroute
       to USPTO
     • Dramatically reduces paper and file storage costs
     • Allows online collaboration among IP professionals
       who can file applications and papers anywhere,
       anytime
     • Plays a vital role in strengthening the U.S. IP system
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    EFS-Web Benefits

     • Safe
            – EFS-Web submissions protect your filing date just
              like a post card receipt

     • Simple
            – Even the largest and most complex patent
              applications can be submitted using PDF files
              and a few web screens

     • Secure
            – EFS-Web submissions are protected through
              Digital Certificates, the most secure method now
              available

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    EFS-Web Benefits

     • Fast
            – Patent applications and documents can be
              submitted and a receipt obtained in minutes

     • Flexible
            – Requires NO changes to the processes & tools
              you use to author patent applications and
              documents

     • Forgiving
            – Checks documents before submission to ensure
              compatibility with USPTO standards


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
               Getting Started:
          Obtain A Digital Certificate


   User downloads
      and fills out
Certificate Action Form
From www.USPTO.gov
                                                                                  User gets the Certificate
        website
                                                                                   Action Form notarized




                    www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/infocustomernumber.htm

Certificate Action Form                                                                    Digital Certificate is
  mailed / overnighted                                                                  typically issued 3-4 days
 to USPTO’s Electronic                                                              after the EBC receives the form
    Business Center


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Getting Started:
                          Training

     • Online
            – Today at 1:30 p.m.
            (Recorded version available)
            – March 28 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
            (limited to first 1,000 registrants)


     • USPTO Headquarters
            –   March 21
            –   March 23
            –   March 30
            –   Seats are limited. Please
                register early at

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                      Getting Started:
                      Create PDF Files

     • Scan: Transfer paper to an
       electronic document by
       scanning your document

     • Print: Using Adobe PDF print
       driver & USPTO JobOptions or
       another recommended PDF
       print driver

     • Convert: Using Adobe
       Professional menu

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                   Getting Started:
                  Check Your System

     • Operating Systems Supported
            – Windows 2000, XP
            – Macintosh OSX 10.4
            – Linux RedHat 9.0


     • Browsers:
            –   Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.0
            –   Netscape Navigator 7.x
            –   Apple Safari 2.0
            –   Mozilla 1.7.3




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                Getting Started:
             Check Browser Settings

     • Browsers must accept cookies

     • Enable JAVA scripting

     • Accept Entrust security applets

     • Firewalls must not strip packet
       header content

     • Browsers must support HTML
       frames
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                     Help is Available:
                     Contact the EBC



                                        Electronic Business Center (EBC)
                                             Monday – Friday (6am – Midnight EST)
                                              Saturday - Sunday (10am – 6pm EST)
                                              Phone: 1-866-217-9197 / 571-272-4100
                                                               * Select option 2
                                                           Fax:        571-273-0177
                                                        Email: EBC@uspto.gov




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                            Safeguards

     • Special Quality Assurance standards
       have been put in place
     • 100% of EFS-Web filings will receive
       special handling to ensure
       successful filings
     • Training, Online Resources and the
       EBC are readily available
     • Specialized on-call EFS-Web support




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                             Disclaimer

     • Unprecedented audience
            – USPTO will receive 410,000 applications in 2006 which
              translates to about 1,500 per business day
            – Today, over 6,000 people are viewing this training session
     • EFS-Web is not a test system
            – 37 CFR 10.18(b)(2)(i) states that it is improper to submit papers
              to the Office that would increase cost of prosecution
            – If an individual violates 37 CFR 10.18(b)(2)(i) then the party
              could be sanctioned under 37 CFR 10.18(c)
            – Please use the training materials
              http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/tutorials.htm



United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
         Live Product Demonstration




USPTO’s new web-based patent application and document submission solution
                              Questions




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                   EFS-Web Training

                           Kathy Hook
              EFS-Web Training Manager




USPTO’s new web-based patent application and document submission solution
                      Training Agenda

     • Getting Started
            – Electronic Business Center
            – System Requirements
            – Creating PDF Files
     • Overview and Filing Demonstration
            – Demo
            – Nuances
     • Extras
            – PDF Fillable Forms
            – Digital Certificate Management
     • Questions and Answers

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Recap:
                 What EFS-Web Does

     • Allows rapid online submission of PDF
       files of patent applications and documents
     • Verifies and validates files before
       submission
     • Allows online payment of patent
       application and document filing fees
     • Provides an acknowledgement receipt
       that is the equivalent of a post card
       receipt
     • Provides virtually immediate access to
       patent application data in Private PAIR
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                Recap:
       Who Can Make Submissions

     • Unregistered Filers
            – Anyone who visits EFS-Web can submit patent applications and
              documents
            – Patent attorneys, patent agents, paralegals, legal secretaries,
              pro se filers
            – A customer number is NOT required for submissions


     • Registered Filers
            – Those who obtain a Digital Certificate in advance from USPTO’s
              Electronic Business Center (EBC)




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                        Getting Started

     • Electronic Business Center (EBC)
            – Customer Numbers
            – PKI certificate
            – Hours of operation
     • EFS-Web System Requirements
            – Supported Operating Systems and Browsers
            – SSL vs. TLS
            – JAVA
     • PDF Creation
            –   Background
            –   Creation
            –   USPTO JobOptions
            –   Errors

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                  Getting Started:
                EBC Responsibilities



       Customer Number                                             PKI Certificates
        Business Rules                                            Certificate Action Form Information
        Issuing New Customer Numbers                               Initial Review of Certificate Action Forms
        Update Bulk Address Changes                               Troubleshoot End-User Problems
        Customer Number Maintenance                               Answer Business Aspects of Customer Questions




                                                                       Patent Application Information Retrieval
      Electronic Filing System                                          Registration Information
       Provide Customer Number                                         Troubleshoot End-User Problems
       Provide PKI Certificate Support                                 Troubleshoot Software Problems
       Provide issue resolution for Electronic Filing users            Handle Questions Related to Data

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                   Getting Started:
                 How To Contact EBC



              Electronic Business Center (EBC)
                   Monday – Friday (6am – Midnight EST)
                    Saturday - Sunday (10am – 6pm EST)
                    Phone: 1-866-217-9197 / 571-272-4100
                                     * Select option 2
                                 Fax:        571-273-0177
                              Email: EBC@uspto.gov




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                     Getting Started:
                    Customer Number


                                                                          Single
           Address
                                                                                          Multiple
                                                 Customer Number




                                   Assigned to multiple patent applications

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
            Getting Started:
       What Customer Numbers Do

     • Customer Number can be used for indicating:
            – Correspondence Address
            – Power of Attorney
            – Maintenance Fee
     • Anyone can have a Customer Number
     • Customer Number represents an address and an
       attorney(s)/agent(s)
     • An individual may have multiple customer numbers
       to manage relationship to various clients (law firms
       and corporations)
     • Allows individual to change address for multiple
       applications with one form
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
               Getting Started:
          Obtain A Digital Certificate


   User downloads
      and fills out
Certificate Action Form
From www.USPTO.gov
                                                                                  User gets the Certificate
        website
                                                                                   Action Form notarized




                    www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/infocustomernumber.htm

Certificate Action Form                                                                    Digital Certificate is
  mailed / overnighted                                                                  typically issued 3-4 days
 to USPTO’s Electronic                                                              after the EBC receives the form
    Business Center


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                  Getting Started:
                System Requirements

     • Operating Systems Supported
            – Windows 2000, XP
            – Macintosh OSX 10.4
            – Linux RedHat 9.0


     • Browsers:
            –   Internet Explorer 5.5, 6.0
            –   Netscape Navigator 7.x
            –   Apple Safari 2.0
            –   Mozilla 1.7.3




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                     Getting Started:
                     Browser Settings

     • Browsers must accept cookies

     • Enable JAVA scripting

     • Accept Entrust security applets

     • Firewalls must not strip packet
       header content

     • Browsers must support HTML
       frames
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                     Getting Started:
                     Security Settings


     • Networks and Firewall Infrastructures MUST allow
       communication via HTTPS/SSLv3 or TLSv1

            – SSL - Secure Sockets Layer

            – TLS – Transport Layer Security
                  • TLS is an upgrade of SSL security protocol


         NOTE: The USPTO Secured External Portal is configured to accept both SSLv3 and
         TLSv1 based connections, however, the Federal Government strongly recommends
                                   the use of TLSv1 protocol.



United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Getting Started:
                            JAVA

     • Workstations MUST run a supported version of
       Java Runtime Environment (JRE) Software
            – Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM)
                     – The MSJVM is not included with Windows XP SP1a, Windows XP
                        SP2, Windows Server™ 2003, or any future Microsoft software
                  • Windows - Sun JRE 1.5.0_06 (SSL and TLS)
                     – http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/download.jsp
            – Macintosh – Apple JRE 1.5.0_05
                         – http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/javaupdate142.html
            – Linux – JRE 1.5.0_05
                         – http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/download.jsp




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                      Getting Started:
                      PDF Technology

     • Universal file format that preserves the
       fonts, images, graphics, and layout of any
       source document, regardless of the
       application and platform used to create it
                                                                                                         PDF

     • PDF (Portable Document Format) files send
       formatted documents in the exact fashion it
       is intended

     • PDF is an open standard supported by
       many vendors

     • EFS-Web requires you to have a PDF Writer

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Getting Started:
                        PDF Writers

     • PDF Writers that have been preliminarily tested by
       USPTO:

            –   Adobe Professional                                                        PDF
            –   Open Office
            –   Easy Office
            –   Cute PDF
            –   PDF 995
            –   Primo PDF
            –   Amyuni PDF Converter Pro




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                      Getting Started:
                      About PDF Files

     • Document Format
            – Standard 8 1/2” x 11”
                                                                                                   PDF
            – A4 (21 cm. by 29.7 cm)
            – Larger pages will be reduced to 8 1/2 x 11
     • Versions 1.1 – 1.6 of the PDF Specification
     • Fonts
            – Must be embedded to ensure they travel with the document
            – All fonts must be licensed and legally embeddable
       If the fonts are embedded, they become part of the PDF document. Whenever the
       PDF document is viewed or printed, the embedded fonts are used. By using
       embedded fonts, the author ensures that the document will display and print exactly
       as it was intended.


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                      Getting Started:
                      About PDF Files

     • Images

            • At this time, color will not be considered,
              unless you are filing a Design application
                                                                                                  PDF
            • Recommended 300 dpi

            • Save images in lossless format

            • GIF, BMP, TIFF, PNG formats permitted




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                      Getting Started:
                      About PDF Files


     • Object Content
                                                                                                  PDF


            – No 3D models, attachments, multi-page objects,
              commenting/reviewing features, no dependencies
              on external files or resources




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Getting Started:
                       PDF File Layers



                Single layer
                documents                                    Invisible layers
                only can be                                    will be lost
                submitted                                    when processed
                                                               by USPTO


                 Documents with
                multiple layers must
                be flattened prior to
                     submission




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                      Getting Started:
                      About PDF Files

     • Security Features
            – No password protected or encrypted PDF
              files are permitted
            – EFS-Web PKI infrastructure will handle
              encryption


     • Embedded Code/Viruses
            – PDF document must be free of executables,
              worms, viruses or other malicious content
            – Files with malicious content will be deleted




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                      Getting Started:
                      Create PDF Files

     • Scan: Transfer paper to an
       electronic document by
       scanning your document

     • Print: Using Adobe PDF print
       driver & USPTO JobOptions or
       another recommended PDF
       print driver

     • Convert: Using Adobe
       Professional menu

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                   EFS-Web Training

              PDF Creation Demonstration




USPTO’s new web-based patent application and document submission solution
             Getting Started:
      PDF File Naming Conventions
  Filename.pdf

  •     Start with [A-Z, a-z , 0-9 ] excluding brackets and commas

  •     Last 4 characters need to be .pdf

  •     Can consist of:
        [A-Z, a-z, 0-9, _, -, .] excluding brackets and commas

  •     No spaces in actual PDF file name

  •     Spaces permitted in file path

  •     Can be up to 256 characters long including .pdf


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    Getting Started:
                   Adobe JobOptions


     • Sets your Adobe Print Driver to use acceptable
       USPTO PDF settings

     • Configuration settings:

            – Compresses
            – Sets minimum resolution
            – Embeds fonts




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    Getting Started:
                   Adobe JobOptions

    •       Download and save JobOptions file to the Adobe
            PDF Settings folder
    •       Usually located at: C:\Documents and Settings\All
            Users\Documents\Adobe PDF\Settings




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    Getting Started:
                   Adobe JobOptions

    •     When printing to PDF, select Adobe PDF from the
          printer menu
    •     Click on the Properties tab




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    Getting Started:
                   Adobe JobOptions

     • Choose the Adobe PDF Settings tab.
     • Select USPTO from the Default Settings drop down
       and click OK




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                    Getting Started:
                   Warning Messages


     • Page size is not 8 ½ by 11 inches or A4
     • Non-licensed fonts
     • An ADS or IDS is attached that is not
       an USPTO fillable form
     • An USPTO ADS or IDS Fillable form
       that is missing data from key fields
     • Two or more files with the same name




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Getting Started:
                       Error Messages

     • Secure file (password encrypted)
     • Non-embedded fonts
     • Any version of PDF that is not
       supported (below 1.1)
     • PDF containing OLE (object linking and
       embedding) files
     • Malicious and virus embedded files
     • Not a PDF file type
     • File size over 25MB (except USPTO
       fillable forms)


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
              Getting Started:
           Summary of PDF Benefits

     • PDF is a standard file format

     • Protects the fonts, images and text formatting in the
       document

     • Readers and Writers are easily accessible and are
       available as freeware, shareware and for purchase

     • Using USPTO PDF forms as part of the EFS-Web
       system expedites the patent submission process


United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                   EFS-Web Training

                   Live Demonstration &
                       Product Nuances




USPTO’s new web-based patent application and document submission solution
                     Overview
                How EFS-Web Works
                                                                                 •New Application
                                                                                    • Design
                                                      Access EFS-Web                • Utility
                                                      As Unregistered               • Provisional
                              User                         Filer                    • 371

                         Accesses USPTO
                              Portal                                             •New Application
                                                                                    • Design
                                                       Authenticate                 • Utility
                                                                                    • Provisional
                                                       as Registered                • 371
                                                           Filer                 •Existing Application
                                                                                 •Saved Package
                                                                                 •Last 20 EFS receipts



      Enter
                                                            Upload                  Calculate
Key Bibliographic                Attach PDF
                                                              and                     Fees                        Submit
      Data                          Files
                                                            Validate                (Optional)
   (New Only)




           Choose                    Pay Fees                  Receive                         Access Filing in
           Payment                   Via RAM               Acknowledgement                      Private PAIR
           Options                   Interface                 Receipt                        (Registered Filer Only)
United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
          Overview & Filing Demonstration:
               How EFS-Web Works




        • Unregistered eFiler
               – New filing


        •     Registered eFiler
               –   Follow-on filing
               –   Fillable Form
               –   Multi-doc Amendment
               –   With Fee Sheet



United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                             On-line Product Training




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                                   Nuances:
                                   Navigation




   • The ‘Continue’ buttons must be used to proceed forward and to
     save your information

   • The Section Tabs (not the Browser buttons) are used to go
     back and review or make changes

   • The Tab key can be used to move from field to field

   NOTE: The tabs allow users to move forward and backwards to screens you have
   already visited. If you use the tabs to go back and make changes, you must click
   Continue to save those changes – if you simply use the Tab to go forward, the
   changes will be lost.

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                                     Nuances:
                                     Navigation

     • Asterisks (*) represent required fields

     • Cancel vs. Logout (Cancel does not logout
       registered eFilers)

     • Help and                          buttons

     • Portal can be maximized to expand and remove the
       Navigation Links



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                               Nuances:
                          Validation Messages



      • Page level validation messages will be displayed at
        the top of the page and also below the
        corresponding field

      • Warning Messages vs. Error Messages
             – PDF files containing errors must be removed
             – PDF files containing warnings allow you to continue




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                                    Nuances:
                                 Multi-Doc PDF’s

     • A multi-doc PDF is a single file that contains more
       than one document description
            – Each document section must begin on a new page
            – Page ranges must be entered for each section




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Nuances:
                   PDF Fillable Forms

     •    PDF Fillable Features
     •    Fillable Forms enabled for EFS-Web
     •    EFS-Web and other forms
     •    Client & Server Validation
     •    Technical Requirements
     •    Form Demonstration
            – Information Disclosure Statement (IDS)
            – Application Data Sheet (ADS)
     • Form Nuances
     • Digital Certificate Management

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                       Nuances:
                   PDF Form Fillables

        Enhanced to                                No special                      Dynamic capability
   interface with USPTO                        software required                      to add data
     backend systems


     Print forms with data                                                    Save form electronically
                                                PDF                             with data embedded
      entered by the user                  Fillable Form




     Re-open the saved form                                                     Import data in XML format
      to modify existing data                                                     from multiple sources


                               Export data in XML format to document
                              management systems and other databases

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                   EFS-Web:
             Available Fillable Forms

           Application Data                                          Information Disclosure
                Sheet                                                       Statement

                 (ADS – 37 CFR 1.76)

                                                                                IDS – 37 CFR 1.97 & 1.98)

          • Provisional/Non-provisional                           • Listing all U.S. patents and U.S.
            applications                                            publications
                                                                  • Foreign patent documents and non-
          • Contains bibliographic data                             patent literature (NPL)
                                                                  • Submitted for consideration in a non-
                                                                    provisional patent application
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                 Possible New Forms



     • Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delayed Payment
       of Maintenance Fee in an Expired Patent (37CFR
       1.378(c))

     • Petition for revival of an application for Patent
       Abandoned Unintentionally Under (37CFR 1.137(b))

     • Request for Continuing Examination (RCE)



United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                           Other Forms

     • Legacy PDF forms
            – PDF forms are on the USPTO web site, but these do not save
              data describe
            – Field information will not be automatically loaded onto USPTO
              systems
            – Legacy forms located at:
            – http://www.uspto.gov/web/forms/index.html


     • User-created fillable form PDF files
     • User-modified USPTO fillable form PDF files
            – User data will be accepted
            – Data in individual fields will not auto-load into USPTO systems

United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
             Technical Requirements

     • Adobe Reader 7.0 is Required
            – Update to version 7.0.7 for optimal
              performance


     • How to check the version Adobe
       Reader
            – Select Help
            – About Adobe Reader




United States Patent and Trademark Office (Recorded Version Available at: http://webex.client.ninesystems.com/efsweb)
                                Training


     • Online
            – Today at 1:30 p.m.
            (Recorded version available)
            – March 28 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
            (limited to first 1,000 registrants)
            https://websurveyor.net/wsb.dll/39376/EFSWebTrainingForm.htm


     • USPTO Headquarters
            –   March 21
            –   March 23
            –   March 30
            –   Seats are limited. Please register early at:
                http://www.websurveyor.com/login/uspto/registration.html
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                              Questions




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