USPTO Announces Text2PTO, Online Text Filing

The USPTO plans to improve the application process by enabling the Office to accept text-based applications. This will allow applications to be filed in the same format in which the applications are most often prepared. This new service, called Text2PTO, builds on the existing Electronic Filing System (EFS). It is expected to improve efficiency by eliminating the need for applicants to convert text documents to PDF documents. Instead, applicants will be able to upload text files of applications directly to the EFS. Validation will check for formatting issues and inappropriate content. Copies of the pending application can be downloaded from the USPTO database, and an amendment validation tool will aid in producing marked up versions of an amendment. It is anticipated that applicants using Text2PTO will enjoy filing fee discounts. The USPTO is seeking input from the filing community. If interested in participating, contact the eFiling Modernization Project Team at efilingmodernization@uspto.gov.