Volume 49, Issue 4
A new, safer, and simpler login for EFS-Web and Private PAIR users
EFS-Web and Private PAIR users will now have a new, safer, and simpler login. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is moving from using PKI certificates for two-factor authentication. This is because the PKI software vendor will no longer support the authentication software product in December 2018. With this in mind, the USPTO now offers users better security with the new, two-factor authentication method using accounts. The new method grants access to multiple USPTO systems, including EFS-Web and Private PAIR, with one consolidated sign-in and eliminates shared credentials by providing practitioners and their support staff with their own accounts. The Migration Tool is now available for existing PKI digital certificate holders (registered practitioners and independent inventors) to link their accounts to their current PKI digital certificates.