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Welcome to EFS-Web Indexing Training. Today’s Training Agenda. Important Metrics EFS-Web Overview Indexing What is Indexing? Why Index? Common Submissions Provisional, Utility, Design and Reissue Application 371 National Stage and PCT Application Request for Reexamination

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welcome to efs web indexing training

Welcome to EFS-Web Indexing Training

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

today s training agenda
Today’s Training Agenda
  • Important Metrics
  • EFS-Web Overview
  • Indexing
    • What is Indexing?
    • Why Index?
  • Common Submissions
    • Provisional, Utility, Design and Reissue Application
    • 371 National Stage and PCT Application
    • Request for Reexamination
    • Pre-Grant Publication
    • Amendment
    • Information Disclosure Statement
    • Accelerated Examination
  • Document Indexing Tips
  • Common Indexing Questions
  • Priority Document Exchange
  • Indexing Resources

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important metrics
Important Metrics
  • About 10% of all submissions received contain errors
  • Approximately 40% of those errors involve using the wrong document description
  • 25% of the errors involve separating distinct documents
  • Improper use of a Transmittal Letter and Miscellaneous Incoming Letter document descriptions are the most common errors

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efs web overview

EFS-Web Overview

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

overview information what can be filed
Overview Information What Can Be Filed?
  • New Applications
    • Provisional, Utility, Utility Reissue, 371 National Stage, Design Reissue and Design with Color Drawings.
    • International applications for filing in the U.S. Receiving Office
  • Proceedings
    • Reexamination
  • Existing Applications
    • Follow-on correspondence
    • Accelerated Examination
    • Pre-Grant publications under 37 CFR 1.211 – 1.221
    • Petition to Accept Unintentionally Delayed Payment of Maintenance Fees in an Expired Patent (37 CFR 1.378(c))
    • Request for Continued Examination (RCE)

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overview what can be filed
OverviewWhat Can Be Filed?
  • Document Description List
    • An e-Filer can select from document descriptions that are applicable to their particular submission
  • Numerous Fees
    • Most fees contained in the complete Patent Fee Schedule may be paid via EFS-Web

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What Cannot be Filed Using EFS-Web 1.1.4?
  • Credit Card Authorization Form - PTO-2038
  • Assignments
  • Maintenance Fees
  • New Plant Applications or Color Plant Drawings
  • Documents related to Registration Practice & Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Certified Copies (Ribbon Copies)
  • Secrecy Order Applications and/or Documents
  • Contested Cases at the Board of Appeals and Interferences
  • Third party papers under 37 CFR 1.99
  • Protests under 37 CFR 1.291
  • Public use hearing papers under 37 CFR 1.292

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efs web indexing

EFS-Web Indexing

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

indexing of efs web submission
Indexing of EFS-Web Submission

Indexing

  • Indexing is applying a document description to a PDF or TXT File
  • Page ranges must be specified if multi-document selection is made in a PDF File
  • All files or the documents in a multi-document PDF File must be indexed
  • Nearly 200 document indexing descriptions are offered, however, the particular filing submission may reduce the number of available descriptions.
  • Categories are used to assist users in finding the correct indexing description
    • By choosing a category, the number of available document descriptions may be reduced even more.
  • All indexing is checked by USPTO personnel
  • Indexing has no legal relationship to the patent application, indexing is an administrative act for processing the submission

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Indexing of EFS-Web Submission
  • Why index?
    • Allows for quicker and more accurate downstream processing of your submission

– Documents are instantly routed to the Image File Wrapper

– Incorrectly indexed documents may result in a delay in the documents being properly routed to appropriate USPTO personnel

– Generates smoother work flow and assigns the submission to USPTO personnel to be acted upon

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common filing submissions

Common Filing Submissions

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

new utility application filing
New Utility Application Filing
  • Specification, Claims, and any necessary Drawings are required to be accorded a filing date
    • All of these descriptions can be found under the Category “Application Part”
    • Please note that an abstract is required for the application to be complete, but is not required for an application to be accorded a filing date
  • Oath or Declaration and Abstract are required for Application to be considered complete
    • These descriptions are located under Category “Application Part”
    • A combined Oath or Declaration and Power of Attorney should be indexed as “Oath or Declaration Filed”
    • Surcharge for Oath/Declaration not filed with the original submission is $130
  • Application Data Sheet (ADS)
    • Recommended – description is also located under the Category “Application Part”
    • e-filing ADS located at http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/forms.htm
      • Requires Adobe Reader 7.0.8 or 7.0.9

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371 national stage application filing
371 National Stage Application Filing
  • When filing a 371 National Stage Application, always break out application parts into Specification, Claims, Abstract, etc.
  • When submitting PCT documents with 371 National Stage Application:
    • Use Category “Documents submitted with 371 Applications”
  • International Search Reports being submitted should be indexed as:
    • Use Category“Documents submitted with 371 Applications”
      • If the Search Report is used as prior art, index it as “NPL Document”
  • Translations should be broken into application parts (e.g., Specification, Claims, Abstract, etc.)

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pct application filing
PCT Application Filing
  • Index the RO/101 Request form as “RO/101 – Request form for new IA – Conventional” or “RO/101 Request form for new IA – PCT Safe format” when using PCT-SAFE in PCT-EASY mode
  • Index Application Parts as “Specification”, “Claims”, “Drawings”, etc.
    • Located under Category “PCT – Application Part”
  • If attaching a Transmittal Letter, use “PCT – Transmittal Letter” under Category “PCT – General Transmittal”
  • For miscellaneous communication, use “Misc. Incoming Letter from Applicant – IA” under Category “PCT – General Transmittal”
    • Use “CHII - Misc. communication from Applicant -IA” for Chapter II communication
  • If attaching PCT-SAFE Zip file, also need to attach the specification, claims, abstract, drawings, etc., as PDF files.
    • Please do not add these documents to the PCT-SAFE Zip file, as EFS-Web will not extract them for processing.

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pre grant publication filing
Pre-Grant Publication Filing
  • Pre-Grant Publication Requests except for requests for corrected publication can not be submitted as a follow-on paper
    • Choose the Pre-Grant Publication Request filing type from the initial screen in EFS-Web to make pre-grant publication submission
  • Attach the Application Parts: Specification, Claims, Abstract, Drawings, and ADS for submissions pursuant to 37 CFR 1.215 and 37 CFR 1.221
    • Must use the e-fillable ADS in its original format (cannot be scanned in)
  • Any related Amendments must be filed as a follow-on in a separate submission before the Pre-Grant Publication Request

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amendment filing

Remarks

Claims

Amendment

Amendment Filing
  • The first document filed should be indexed so as to indicate the type of Amendment – e.g.“After Non-Final Rejection”, “After Final”,etc.
    • Would also include Transmittal, Explanation of Amendment
    • Located under Category “Amendment”
  • Followed by Amended document(s) – e.g. “Specification”, “Claims”, “Drawings”, etc.
    • Found under Category “Amendment” or “Application Part”
    • Includes annotated version of amended document
  • “Applicant Arguments / Remarks Made in an Amendment”
    • Located under Category “Amendment”
  • When to use “Amendment Copy Claims/Response to Suggested Claims”
    • This document description should only be used for the Transmittal document, not for the Claims themselves

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information disclosure statement ids filing
Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) Filing
  • Transmittal letters submitted with IDS form should be indexed as “Information Disclosure Statement letter.”
  • Index the form as “Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) Filed” under the “IDS/References” Category
    • E-IDS located at http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/forms.htm
      • Requires Adobe Reader 7.0.8 or 7.0.9
  • Use “Foreign Reference” when submitting foreign applications/patents published by a non-US patent authority
    • In addition to listing them in the IDS

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Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) Filing
  • Use “NPL Documents” for indicating non-patent literature such as articles, magazines, etc.
    • In addition to listing them in the IDS
    • Related US applications (i.e., pending, non-patented, non-published) should be attached separately or bundled using the “multi-doc” option
  • Do not attach published US application/patent references

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accelerated examination filing
Accelerated Examination Filing
  • How do I file a Petition to Make Special Under the Accelerated Examination Program?
    • Request must be made via EFS-Web, with respect to an application filed under 35 USC 111(a) and complete application complying with 37 CFR 1.51.
  • To submit an Accelerated examination application as a follow-on, applicant must file:
    • Transmittal Amendment/Reply Accelerated Exam, indexed as “Accelerated Exam-Transmittal amendment/reply”, under Category “General Transmittal”

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Accelerated Examination Filing
  • To qualify for the accelerated examination program, applicant must file:
    • Accelerated Examination Form SB/28, indexed as “Petition for 12-month Accelerated Exam”, under Category “Petition”
    • Examination Support Documents, indexed as “Examination support document”, under Category “Petition”
    • Statement of Pre-Examination Search, indexed as “Statement of pre-examination search”, under Category “Petition”
    • Standard documents for patent or design application required
      • Specification, claims, abstract, oath/declaration, transmittal & IDS

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document indexing tips

Document Indexing Tips

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

transmittal
Transmittal
  • “Transmittal of New Application” under Category “General Transmittal”
    • To be used with new U.S. Application submissions only
    • For use with the Provisional Cover Sheet (required)
    • Follow-on documents should be submitted as the type of document being submitted (i.e. Amendment, IDS, etc.)
  • “PCT-Transmittal Letter”
    • Use this instead of “Transmittal Letter” for PCT Applications
      • Found under Category “PCT – General Transmittal”

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text files
Text Files
  • “Computer Listing”, “Sequence Listing (Text File)”, and “Table in text format”
    • Text files are for these document descriptions only
    • Use “Sequence Listing” for image copy of sequence listing
    • Table TXT files should be a minimum of 50 pages
      • If your table TXT file is less than 50 pages, submit the image copy as part of the Specification
    • TXT files take approximately two days to show up in Private PAIR under the “Supplemental Content” tab

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sequence listings
Sequence Listings
  • Sequence Listings – New Application
    • Only the text file (CRF/TXT) needs to be submitted
      • Use “Sequence Listing (Text File)” under Category “Application Part”
    • If submitting the image copy in PDF format, make sure to also include the statement indicating that the image copy and the CRF/TXT are the same
      • Index the image copy as “Sequence Listing”
      • Index the statement as “CRF Statement Paper and CRF are the same”
      • Appendix should be in PDF format, not TXT

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continuation applications
Continuation Applications
  • Continuation, Continuation-in-part (CIP), and Divisional Application – Each one must be filed as a New Application
    • Same indexing requirements as a new application – “Specification”, “Claims”, “Drawings”, etc.
      • Differences in document content
        • Indicate domestic priority of parent application on ADS or the first line of the specification
        • Indicate continuity type on first line of the specification
  • CPA – Continued Prosecution Application
    • Not to be confused with CIP
    • Inapplicable to utility and plant applications filed on or after May 29, 2000
      • CPA practice is still applicable for Design Applications
    • Comparison chart of CPA vs. RCE practice: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/aipa/comparison_of_cpa_practice.htm

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common indexing questions

Common Indexing Questions

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

how do i index
How do I Index?
  • How do I index:
    • A Request to Reset the Time Period for Reply due to Error(s) in the Office Action pursuant to MPEP 710.06:
      • Index as “Petition for review by Technology Center SPRE”
    • A Response to a Request for Rehearing by the Examiner:
      • Index as “Reply Brief filed”
    • A communication meant to prove a document was mailed to the USPTO, e.g., if relying on a post card receipt as prima facie evidence that the document was filed as of the date on the post card receipt?
      • Index as “Petition for review by Office of Petitions” (In this case, it is a petition under 37 CFR 1.181.)

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How do I Index?
  • How do I index:
    • A Reconsideration of Patent Term Adjustment:
      • Index as “Petition for Review by Office of Petitions”
    • A Change of Address for an International Application filed in the US Receiving Office (PCT):
      • Index as “Request for Recording of a Change/PCT Rule 92bis”, under Category “PCT-Change Request”

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How do I index?
  • How do I index:
    • Power of Attorney with a new (or existing) Application filing:
      • Index as “Power of Attorney” under the “Change Requests” Category
      • If Power of Attorney is combined with Oath, index as “Oath or Declaration Filed” Category “Application Part”
    • Pre-Brief Conference Request to be sent to the Examiner or the BPAI:
      • Index as “Pre-Brief Conference Request” under the “BPAI” Category
    • A Request for Entity Status Change:
      • Index as “Miscellaneous Incoming Letter”
    • A Response to an Examiner's Rejection without an Amendment:
      • Index as “Applicant Arguments or Remarks Made in an Amendment”

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terminal disclaimer
Terminal Disclaimer
  • Do I need to submit the Terminal Disclaimer form?
    • The Terminal Disclaimer form or letter must be submitted along with the Terminal Disclaimer Fee
  • Where is the Terminal Disclaimer Fee located?
    • On the “Calculate Fees” page, under the “Post Allowance and Post Issuance Fees” section
    • Labeled as “Statutory disclaimer” fee

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appeal
Appeal
  • What is the difference between Appeal Brief and Notice of Appeal?
    • Notice of Appeal is addressed in 37 CFR 41.31.
      • It is Indexed as “Notice of Appeal Filed”, under Category “BPAI”
    • Appeal Briefs are addressed in 37 CFR 41.37.
      • It is Indexed as “Appeal Brief Filed”, under Category “BPAI”
    • Generally, an appellant may file a notice of appeal once his/her claims have been twice rejected. The Notice of Appeal must be filed within the time period provided under 37 CFR 1.134.
    • Once the Notice of Appeal is filed, the appellant has two months to file the actual Appeal Brief, which includes the appellant's arguments, etc.
  • Requesting a Pre-Appeal Brief Conference
    • Must be filed at the time of filing the Notice of Appeal
    • Index as “Pre-Brief Conference Request”, under the Category of “BPAI”

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categories
Categories
  • Do Categories affect indexing, backend processing, or handling of the documents?
    • No, they are provided simply for filtering the document description choices

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general tips
General Tips
  • Extensions of Time
    • Must attach the appropriate form/letter in addition to paying the fees
    • Index as “Extension of Time” under Category “General Transmittal”
  • Issue Fee Payments
    • Must attach the appropriate form/letter in addition to paying the fees
    • Index as “Issue Fee Payment Recorded (PTO-85B)” under Category “General Transmittal”
  • Response to the Notice to File Missing Parts
    • A copy of the Notice is not required if filing through EFS-Web
    • Index as “Applicant Response to Pre-Exam Formalities Notice”

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priority document exchange pdx

Priority Document Exchange(PDX)

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

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Priority Document Exchange

  • What is ‘Priority Document Exchange’?
    • Provides for the direct office-to-office electronic transmission of priority documents between participating Intellectual Property Offices
  • Priority Document Exchange with EPO (European Patent Office) began January 16, 2007
  • Priority Document Exchange with JPO (Japan Patent Office) began July 28, 2007
  • Free – No fees required

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Retrieving EPO/JPO Priority Documents by the USPTO

  • The USPTO will automatically request retrieval of Priority Documents if a newly filed U.S. application claims priority to one or more EPO or JPO applications in the Oath, Declaration, or Application Data Sheet
    • Express written instruction is not required in this situation
  • Written instruction (e.g., Form PTO/SB 38) is required to request retrieval of:
    • EPO Priority Document(s) for a U.S. application filed prior to June 4, 2007.
    • Non-EPO (e.g., French) Priority Document that is of record in an EPO application
    • JPO Priority Document(s) for a U.S. application filed prior to July 28, 2007.
      • NOTE: PDX cannot be used to retrieve non-JPO (e.g., Korean) Priority Documents that are of record in a JPO application

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Retrieving EPO/JPO Priority Documents by the USPTO (con’t)
  • Form and instructions are available athttp://www.uspto.gov/web/forms/sb0038.pdf
    • ‘Request for USPTO to retrieve priority documents’ under category “Priority Documents” in EFS-Web
  • Monitor Private PAIR to determine whether priority documents have been successfully retrieved
    • Status of retrieval will be indicated in Examiner’s Office action
      • PTOL-326 (Office Action Summary), item 12
      • PTOL-37 (Notice of Allowability), item 3
  • NOTE: Requests filed after mailing of Notice of Allowability will be processed but timely retrieval (37 CFR 1.55(a)(2)) cannot be guaranteed.

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Releasing USPTO Priority Documents to the EPO/JPO

  • Priority Documents will be provided to the EPO or JPO only if one of the following criteria is met.
    • The U.S. application is published or patented;
    • The applicant submitted written authorization (Form PTO/SB/39) to transmit the Priority Document to the EPO/JPO, and the U.S. application has cleared national security review
  • Form and instructions are available athttp://www.uspto.gov/web/forms/sb0039.pdf
    • Index as “Authorization to Access application by trilateral office” in EFS-Web
  • Check the EPO (http://www.epo.org) and JPO (http://www.jpo.go.jp) web sites for information on their practices

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How to submit PDX Request

  • Request can be made at time of filing or as a follow-on document
  • Request can be submitted
    • electronically
    • faxed to the Central Fax number (571-273-8300)
    • mailed to:

Commissioner of Patents

P.O. Box 1450

Alexandria VA 22313-1450

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indexing help
Indexing Help
  • Complete, sort-able List of Document Descriptions:

http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/infodocuments.htm

  • Help page “How to Index my Documents”:

http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/efs/rules_doc_codes.htm

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indexing tutorials
Indexing Tutorials
  • Available at http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/tutorials.htm
    • Covers this presentation’s indexing scenarios in detail
  • Accelerated Examination Tutorial – available at http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/accelerated/
  • PCT Tutorial

http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/portal/efs/dct_pct_file_new_tutorial.pdf

  • Request to Update a PCT Application With a Customer Number Tutorial http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/documents/assoc_pct_with_cust_number.pdf

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electronic business center ebc
Electronic Business Center (EBC)

If you have questions or need technical assistance please contact our:

Electronic Business Center (EBC)

Monday – Friday (6am – Midnight EST)

Phone: 1-866-217-9197 / 571-272-4100

* Select option 2

Fax: 571-273-0177

Email: EBC@uspto.gov

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additional resources
Additional Resources
  • Inventor’s Assistance Center (IAC)
    • Questions on patent rules, practices, and procedures
    • Call 800-PTO-9199 (800-786-9199) or 571-272-1000
    • Available Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (EST)
    • http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/dapp/pacmain.html
  • PCT Helpdesk
    • Questions related to PCT filings – rules, practices, procedures
    • Call 571-272-4300
    • Available Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (EST)

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Additional Resources
  • Office of Initial Patent Examination (OIPE)
    • 571-272-4000
  • Assignment Division
    • 571-272-3350
  • Office of Petitions
    • 571-272-3282
  • Publishing Division
    • 571-272-4200 or 888-786-0101

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uspto support
USPTO Support

Electronic Filing QuestionsBusiness Center 1-866-217-9197Appeals/Interferences

Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences 571-272-9797

Publications

Office of Publications 1888-786-0101

Pre-grant Publications703-605-4283

Registration Practices

Office of Enrollment and Discipline 571-272-4097

Application Status (pre-examination)

Office of Initial Patent Examination 571-272-4000

ReexaminationsCentral Reexamination Unit 571-272-7705

General Questions 571-272-7705

Reexamination Pre-Processing 571-272-7705

Reissues

See Appropriate Patent Technology Center

Patent Process Inquiries

Inventors Assistance Center 1800-786-9199

Assignments

Electronic Patent Assignment System

epas@uspto.gov

Assignments division 571-272-3350

Finance

Office of Finance 571-212-6400

Maintenance Fees / Deposit Accounts 571-272-6500

International Filing

PCT Helpdesk 571-272-4300

Legal

Patent Legal Administration 571-272-7700

CopiesOffice of Public Records 1-888-786-0101Petitions

Office of Petitions 571-272-3282

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thank you for attending

Thank you for attending

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