U.S. Patent Office e-filing system now Mac compatible

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By: switchtoamac at: 4:20 PM on March 18, 2006 | Comments (2)
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.

2 Reader Comments

You guys are the best, thanks so much for the help.

I am a patent attorney and have switched to a MAC. Unfortunately, I have had a couple of nagging problems during the transition which require me to continue dual use of PC and MAC. My hope in communicating herein is that efforts can be made to correct the problem.

First, MAC users apparently cannot access Private PAIR using Safari, Firefox, or other browswer. I have contacted the Electronic Business Center (EBC) - they stated that there is a bug preventing access and that Apple and the USPTO are working on it.

Second, MAC users have difficulty viewing patent images; they are not viewable on Safari, but can be viewed using Firefox and a purchased 3rd party software from Accordex/Accel TIFF viewer http://www.acordex.com.

With luck, these issues are being addressed and hopefully will be resolved with Leopard.

David M. Lang

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