What is the most current Java version for EFS-Web/Private PAIR?

According to an email I received from an agent at the USPTO Electronic Business Center earlier today (8 July 2014) – Java Version 7, Update 60 is the most currently supported version.

How do you tell which version you have installed?

  • PC – go to Settings, then Control Panel, and select Java. On the “General” tab, select “About.”
  • OSX – go to System Preferences, and select Java. On the “General” tab, select “About.”

How do you update Java?

  • Go to http://java.com/download
  • When installing the update, keep an eye out for the option to opt out of installing any optional programs (e.g., Yahoo! toolbars, antivirus programs) which Oracle will install by default (unless you indicate otherwise).

Should PC users install the 32-bit  or 64-bit version of Java?

  • If you want to use Google Chrome to access EFS-Web/Private PAIR, do not install the 64-bit version of Java. Chrome is 32-bit only.
  • Note: on OSX, Java 7 only supports 64-bit browsers on Intel-based Macs running at least Lion. Chrome is 32-bit only…

Gmail users should check their SPAM folder for USPTO email

Gmail (and Google Apps) users beware! Gmail’s spam filter has been flagging official email from the USPTO as spam.


Email flagged as spam skips your inbox and is labeled with a “SPAM” label. That could be disastrous to your docketing plans…

In case a reminder is necessary: everyone in your office needs to check their spam folder immediately. Note: it is a good practice to search your spam folder regularly for the magic words “patent” and “trademark” anyway…

Here’s how to prevent this issue from happening again.

First, search Gmail for “USPTO.”

Second, select the down arrow in the search box (see the image below).
Third, click “Create a filter with this search.”

Fourth, tick “Never send it to Spam.”

Finally, press the “Create filter” button.

Theoretically, no emails with the word “USPTO” in them should ever end up in your spam folder again. Hopefully, all emails from the USPTO will continue contain those magic letters…

The USPTO provides an alternative solution, namely adding email addresses to your address book. It’s a great solution, IF you have a complete list of every possible email address the USPTO could send you email from.  For instance, missing from the USPTO’s list are:  ptas@uspto.gov, TMOfficialNotices@uspto.gov, epas-server@uspto.gov, epas@uspto.gov, assign@uspto.gov, dsd@uspto.gov, ebc@uspto.gov, trademarkassistancecenter@uspto.gov, tsdr@uspto.gov, so on, so forth. Last week we even received one from Law Office 104 with a return email address of “ecom1043@uspto.gov.”

Because of that, we highly recommend using BOTH approaches.

Java 8, EFS-Web and Private PAIR

Per an email notice from the USPTO dated 2014-03-18:

EFS-WEB and Private PAIR Compatibility with Java 8

Oracle has announced that the first version of Java 8 will be released on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. This version will not be an automatic update, however if you install Java 8 and encounter authentication issues, you will need to revert to Java 7 Update 51. USPTO technical teams are coordinating closely with Oracle and Entrust for a solution. Contact the Patent EBC at 1-866-217-9197 (toll-free) or ebc@uspto.gov if you need further assistance.

What is the latest Adobe Acrobat/Acrobat Reader version (of PDFs) that the USPTO accepts?

There are two ways to check:

First look at the EFS-Web Compatible Hardware and Software which includes information on compatible hardware and software, including operating systems (Mac OS-X, Windows, RedHat), browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox), PDF creation software (Acrobat Reader, Acrobat, others), Java, security and cookies.

If that doesn’t answer your question, check the EFS-Web Announcements page and search for “Acrobat.”

Reminder: TARR and TDR are about to go offline; API

Per the notice at the top of TDR:

On August 25, 2012, the USPTO released version 2.0 of Trademark Status and Document Retrieval (TSDR). On September 1st, all existing direct (static) hyper-links displaying TARR information will be redirected to TSDR. On September 8th, all existing direct (static) hyper-links displaying TDR information will be redirected to TSDR. Soon thereafter, the web pages at http://tarr.uspto.gov/ and http://tdr.uspto.gov/ will no longer be accessible. Please send any questions to TSDR@USPTO.GOV. Additional information about the TSDR 2.0 deployment is available here: TSDR 2.0.

There is an API for the new TSDR, but I haven’t seen much documentation beyond the examples that were mentioned in the TSDR 2.0 FAQ:

Please let me know if you’ve seen any other API documentation out there…and I’ll update this post.

[UPDATE 2012-09-04]
I asked the USPTO last week if there was any additional documentation regarding the API. I was told that there is not.

From the above list (and looking at the XML), you can extrapolate the following:

The URLS start with: “http://tdrapi.uspto.gov/ts/cd”

Options include:

/casestatus/sn1234567/download.pdf [[status as a pdf]]
/casestatus/sn1234567/download.zip [[status as zip with xml and css files]]
/casestatus/sn1234567/content.html [[status as html]]
/casestatus/sn1234567/info.xml [[status as xml]]
/casedocs/bundle.pdf?sn=1234567 [[by serial number]]
/casedocs/bundle.pdf?rn=1234567 [[by registration number]]
/casedocs/bundle.pdf?ref=1234567 [[by USPTO reference number]]
/casedocs/bundle.pdf?ir=0835690 [[by international registration number]]
/casedocs/bundle.xml [[metadata in xml]]
/casedocs/bundle.zip [[a ZIP of the original TIFF images]]
&date=1999-01-01 [[docs sent/received on a date]]
&fromdate=2006-01-01&todate=2006-12-31 [[docs sent/received in a date range]]
&type=SPE [[specimens]]
&type=DSC [[Design Search Code]]
&type=ORC [[Registration Certificate]]
&type=DRW [[Drawing]]
&type=NOP [[Notice of Publication]]
&type=APP [[Application]]
&sort=date:A [[sorted from earliers to latest]]
&category=RC [[Registration Certificate]]

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