Updating digital certificates
The Patent Electronic Business Center (EBC) is the USPTO Patents support organization that provides customer support for patent application electronic filing and other e-commerce matters not related to substantive patent prosecution or legal issues.
These include but are not limited to customer submission and access issues as well as general assistance with the various e-Commerce systems.
In typical use, you will use the same Digital Certificate for both signing and encryption (the exception is for Qualified certificates which are only able to digitally sign emails).
This Customer Number will also ensure that only you can access your patent application information. If you already have a Customer Number and you would like to update the information associated with that number, please download and complete the Customer Number Data Change form [PDF] and fax it to the Electronic Business Center at 571-273-0177.
Encryption Certificate Next you will choose the encryption certificate.
This is the certificate that other users will use when attempting to encrypt an email to you.
This is accomplished by adding your registration number to the Customer Number Request form. To associate existing patent applications to a Customer Number, please download and complete the Customer Number Upload [MS Excel] This information can be sent on a CD or USB memory stick to: Mail Stop EBC Customer Number Commissioner for Patents P. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450 One can additionally file a change of correspondence address form PTO/AIA/122 or PTO/SB122 to an individual application to change the correspondence address to a customer number.
Practitioners are reminded that they must also notify the OED of any changes to their contact information within 30 days of the date of the change. * To associate a PCT application in the International phase with a Customer Number for purposes of viewing the PCT application in Private PAIR, please download and complete the Request to Update a PCT Application with a Customer Number form [MS Word] and fax it to the Electronic Business Center at 571-273-0177.
EBC Welcome Wagon (PDF)To become a registered user of USPTO's Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web) and Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system, several pieces of information must be collected to assure that you and only you have access to your data.