On July 9, 2016, the U.S. Patent Office will cease using the Patent Review Processing System (PRPS) for electronic filings in post-grant reviews, inter partes reviews, and covered business method patents reviews. A new system called the Patent Trial and Appeal Board End to End system (“PTAB E2E”) will be launched on Monday, July 11, 2016. Note that neither system will be available over the weekend.
According to the USPTO, the new system provides easier use by filing parties, full-text searches of documents, additional search filters, and metadata searches.
For attorneys currently using the PRPS system, make sure that your email is up to date in your profile, as your email address will be your new login (rather than the previously used identification number).
Derivation proceedings will still use PRPS until later in 2016. The Patent Office also plans to migrate ex parte appeals, re-examinations, and the remaining interferences to E2E in 2017.