USPTO Launches New System for Filing and Searching
On July 9, 2016, the USPTO officially deployed its new e-filing and searching system called Patent Trial and Appeal Board End to End (“PTAB E2E”). This system will be used to e-file and search for Inter Partes Review (“IPR”), Covered Business Methods (“CBM”), and Post Grant Review (“PGR”) cases. Derivations will still be processed by the previous system, the Patent Review Processing System (“PRPS”).
PTAB E2E utilizes a web browser and a filing wizard to assist petitioners and patent owners to provide metadata and upload pdf documents to the USPTO. The preferred web browser for the system is Google Chrome. PTAB E2E also provides an interface to the USPTO next generation financial system for submitting necessary fees.
The new features of PTAB E2E include:
For all external users, with or without a login email address:
• full text document search
• metadata search
• additional search filters
For external users with a login email address:
• a dashboard that includes the most recent document upload activity and status of filed cases
• an improved docket
• easier navigation of AIA review papers and exhibits
• filter search on the docket.
Further information regarding PTAB E2E, including a link to the system, a user manual, and quick reference guides are available at http://www.uspto.gov/PTAB.
Additional information about post-grant proceedings can be found on our Post-Grant Patent practice group page.