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PDF Creation Software for EFS-Web

What types of PDF creation software can you use to produce the PDF files that will be accepted by the USPTO?

According to the USPTO, the most common versions of commercial PDF creation software will be accepted by EFS-Web:

  • ABXPDF Writer (no configuration required)
  • Adobe
  • Open Office (Freeware)
  • Easy Office (Ad ware)
  • Cute PDF (Freeware)
  • PDF Redirect (Freeware)
  • PDF 995 (Ad ware)
  • Primo PDF (Freeware)

The USPTO supports PDF standards versions 1.1 to 1.6, and Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.8 or 7.0.9 ONLY to use EFS Fillable forms. A detailed listing of PDF guidelines may be found at the EFS Forms page.

Do not submit PDF files using Grayscale text. Grayscale text may not be rendered properly during the PDF to TIFF conversion process. This may result in loss of content.

And be sure to use valid filenames before uploading, NOT

  • Over100charactersplusx.pdf (exceeds total 100 character limit)
  • Name.PDF (ends in .PDF - must be .pdf)
  • Any space.txt (cannot have a space in the file name)
  • ~@#$%^&*()+=]}[{"':;?/>.<,.zip (contains invalid characters within file name)
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