On Friday, March 17, 2006 the PTO launched its new electronic patent filing system. The new system operates using PDF files and is expected to be the avenue-of-choice from now on. Benefits of filing electronically include:
- Instant filing receipt to ensure your filing date;
- Applications immediately viewable in Private PAIR;
- Submission is validated for completeness;
- No scanning errors;
- Less wasted paper;
- No express mail fees.