Patent Center Beta is now available for all users. Patent Center is a new tool for electronic filing and management of patent applications in a single unified interface.
Patent Centerand DOCX filing features:
Single unified interface for patent applicants
Use of existing USPTO.gov accounts and sponsorships
Submission of the specification, claims, and abstract in a single DOCX document without the need to manually separate sections
Elimination of user conversion from DOCX into a PDF for filing
Security of documents through automatic DOCX metadata detection and scrubbing
Practice filing in DOCX format in Patent Center training mode
Electronic filing provides multiple benefits, such as immediate routing of documents to USPTO internal systems, an acknowledgement receipt to show that the USPTO has received the submission, reduced manual processing and paper waste, elimination of wait times associated with conventional mailing, and the ability to save your submission package to complete, review, or submit at a later time.
We encourage you to provide feedback on Patent Center Beta by visiting the eMod IdeaScale. Additionally, you can send questions and comments to eMod@uspto.gov.