How to import your certificate to the browser and
save a back-up copy

This user guide has been prepared using Microsoft Edge 93.0.961.44. The screenshots and other details may differ if you use another version of the browser.

After you picked up/ retrieved and saved the WIPO Customer CA digital certificate, please follow the steps below to import it into the Microsoft Edge browser in order to access ePCT with strong authentication.

1. Open Microsoft Edge, click on Settings and more icon me_horizontal dots in the upper right corner > click the menu icon me_menu icon > select Privacy, search and services > scroll down to Security > click Manage certificates

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    2. Click Personal > click Import.


    3. The Certificate Import Wizard starts, click Next.


    4. Browse to the location on your computer where your certificate file is stored. Please make sure that the option of the extension is Personal Information Exchange (*.pfx; *.p12) > select the file and click Open. If you do not remember the location of the certificate, you can search it using the extension *.pfx or *.p12.

    5. Click Next.


    6. Enter the default password given in step 1 at the Import your certificate page that you have noted down when you downloaded your certificate. See “How to pick up your certificate": Microsoft Edge in step 4.

    Tick all three options below, including "Export all extended properties", click Next.


    7. Keep the second option "Place all certificates in the following store" ticked and click Next.


    8. Click Finish.


    9. The security level is set to Medium by default, click OK.


    10. Click OK.


    11. Your digital certificate is now visible in the Edge certificates list and ready for use. Click Close to finish the import.



    To save a back-up copy of the certificate and create a new password:

    After your certificate has been imported in the Microsoft Edge, you can save a back-up copy of the certificate and create a password which is different with the default one and easier for you to remember. In addition to import the certificate into your internet browser after the pick-up/ retrieval, there may be a number of reasons for importing a copy of a WIPO Customer CA digital certificate, e.g. for enabling access to ePCT with strong authentication after a computer or a browser change or upgrade. 

    12. Select the certificate on the Certificate Manager window, click Export. Refer to the Step 1 above to find the certificate in your browser if needed.


    13. On the Certificate Export Wizard, click Next.


    14. Select "Yes, export the private key", click Next.


    15. Keep the box next to "Include all certificates in the certification path if possible" ticked, click Next.


    16. Tick the box next to Password, create the password of the back-up copy and click Next

    This password is required when you import the certificate into a different browser or when re-importing the certificate after a browser upgrade. 


    17. Click Browse.


    18. Choose a location to save the back-up copy of your certificate. Type a name for your certificate back-up copy (e.g. MyWIPOCert); the file extension (.pfx) will be added automatically. Click Save.


    19. Click Next


    20. Click Finish to complete the export of the back-up copy.


    21. Click OK.


    22. You will receive the confirmation "The export was successful". Click OK to close it.


    The back-up copy is now stored and can be copied and used on other devices. It also serves as a back-up in case of a computer or a browser change or upgrade when you may need to import the certificate. It is also recommended to send your certificate to yourself by email in order to always keep a copy outside of your computer.

    Next: How to remove your certificate from the browser: Microsoft Edge