Patent applications go online

Patent Electronic Business Center

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is now receiving via the Internet the

first of what could be tens of thousands of patent applications filed electronically

this year.

One week ago, USPTO launched its electronic patent application filing

system that allows anyone to file confidential patent application over the

Internet. So far, USPTO has received three submissions via the system, but

the agency anticipates accepting as many as 30,000 applications this year

through the system.

In order to file, USPTO gives users a customer identification number,

a digital certificate to authenticate the user and secure the file, and

software applications to help users prepare the application documents.

The software assembles all components of the application, calculates

the fees, validates the content and compresses, encrypts and transmits the

file to USPTO. Filers receive immediate acknowledgment of the filing.

Electronic submissions are in Extensible Markup Language, which makes

them easier to process and publish, said Deron Burba, manager of USPTO's

patent re-engineering systems division. XML enables the definition, transmission

and interpretation of data between applications and organizations.

"By receiving intelligent and valid data, we don't have the data entry

errors we experienced in our data entry process," said Diane Lewis, a project

manager at USPTO representing patent customers. "The data comes in as a

standard presentation that's helpful in facilitating processing."

Patent applications are traditionally scanned, or manually re-keyed,

and stored as an image, which means they must be converted before the agency

publishes them.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.