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When the online fee payment in EFS-Web is unavailable, what types of submissions cannot be filed via EFS-Web, since online fee payment must accompany the submission?
When the online fee payment in EFS-Web is unavailable, the following types of submissions cannot be filed via EFS-Web, since online fee payment must accompany the submission:
- (1) Petitions that require a fee for auto-processing by EFS-Web;
- (2) Pre-grant publication submissions that require a fee;
- (3) Third-party preissuance submissions that require a fee; and
- (4) Web-based Issue Fee Payment.
The answer to this question can be found in chapter 500 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers.
The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 10.2019. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or may not be applicable in later Editions or revisions.
This question and answer come from section 502.05 of the MPEP. The following is a brief summary of section 502.05.
502.05 Correspondence Transmitted by EFS-Web
This section covers correspondence submitted through the EFS-Web, which is the PTO’s electronic filing system. Included is a discussion on what types of documents may be submitted through EFS-Web, legal policies, acknowledgement receipts, pre-grant (18 month) publication requests, and policies on photographs and color drawings.