Monday, June 15, 2015

USPTO - Improvements to Private PAIR

Today, the USPTO announced improvements to Private PAIR, which gives online access to records of unpublished patent applications:
"Users can now self-administer, in real time, a number of routine administrative tasks that previously required the submission of a paper form. The new Private PAIR features enable self-administration of the following items:
  • Entity status changes (Micro, Small, or Regular Undiscounted)
  • Update Correspondence Address
  • Update Maintenance Fee Address
  • Request a new customer number
Entity status and correspondence address updates will be visible in the transaction history, and a copy of each change request will be uploaded to the Image File Wrapper (IFW).

Users may notice that all applications are set to Regular Undiscounted entity status by default upon initial filing until the application completes formalities review. Once this review is complete, the entity status will be updated based on any assertion of small or micro entity status.

The Address & Attorney/Agent tab has also been enhanced to include complete information for Correspondence Address, Maintenance Fee Address and Power of Attorney information."

Learn more at the PAIR Announcements page.

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