The United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) launched a new e-filing system on March 17, 2006 offering support for Mac OS X.
The system allows patents to be submitted online via the USPTO website. Prior versions of the system were not OS X compatible which made it difficult for patent applications to be submitted by Mac users. The revamped system allows Mac users to submit their applications directly from OS X instead of having to submit them from a Windows based system.
Mac OS X includes a built-in PDF engine that allows users to easily work with PDF documents. The new USPTO e-filing system has propelled OS X to one of the most supported operating systems on the site. I commend the USPTO for heeding the cries of Mac users who complained that prior versions of the site were incompatible with OS X.