eCommerce Modernization Project

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Used Stored Credit Card Information like a Deposit Account

Now that the new Financial Manager stores credit card information, why not allow pre-authorized payment of fees from a stored credit card in the same way you pre-authorize payment (underpayment, extension fees, etc.) from a deposit account? Essentially, what I am suggesting is have the stored credit card perform the equivalent function of the deposit account. Like the deposit account, this would be an opt-in request. ...more »

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Charge Deposit Account based on Customer Number

Add to Financial Manager the ability to associate deposit accounts with customer numbers. Then allow practitioners associated with a specific customer number authorize the Office to charge the deposit account associated with the customer number. Practitioners sign correspondence being filed with the Office but may rarely effect the submission of, and payment for, such filings. As a result, practitioners making an authorization ...more »

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Patent Holder Information

When accessing maintenance fee information, the Patent Holder Information is actually the information for the Fee Address. While I understand much of the public may not identify with "Fee Address," labeling this as the "Patent Holder" isn't appropriate either. I would like to suggest a revision to something similar to Fee Payer Information. This way if the information is for a law firm or annuity provider, it will ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Enable change of entity status when paying maintenance fees

Maintenance fees are associated with the entity size at the time issue fee is paid. As patents are acquired and company sizes change, the entity size can change during the patent term.

 

Please let us select entity size change through the fee payment system, rather than requiring a separate communication.

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Enable Authorization of Deposit Account even if No fees are due

When you pay fees, you can authorize withdrawal of other fees from your deposit account.

 

This option is not available when no fees are being paid.

 

Please add the option. While we can & have used the response text to authorize the use of the deposit account, the Patent Office is not always consistent about noticing such an authorization.

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Modernization of EFS-Web

EFS Web: Easier Payment of Fees

The list of fees when you submit an action via EFS is random. Why is the IDS fee of $180 under "Miscellaneous fees" and the "Processing fee" of $140 is immediately visible? What code sections do those "Processing fees" apply to? How do you pay the fee for something that you can't find? Please add the ability to search fees, and the actual code sections to which each fee corresponds (e.g. the Processing Fee appears ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Web ADS - date of signature

The web-based ADS does not fill in a date on the PDF version, it just leaves the field blank. It does not appear to go back and add the date once it's actually filed. This creates a poor file copy for our records. Would like the web-ADS complete with signing date to show up as a downloadable link at the confirm/submit stage, so I can get a file copy without having to go into Private PAIR as a second step.

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Web85b

For the entity size indication, when keeping the existing entity size at undiscounted, the resulting form states that it is a request to "change" to undiscounted status. To sharp-eyed clients, this looks like we filed in the incorrect status and are having to change it. Would prefer a wording that includes the statement that we are confirming the current entity size, which is what it says on the form when you are filling ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Download Examiner-cited references to IDS

Currently, whenever the Examiner cites references, you have to manually hand-key them into an IDS form for submission in other cases. As the form we see in PAIR is obviously auto-generated, or at least all info contained therein is stored separately - see as proof the 'Download References' functionality - give us the option to download e.g. XML data for all references cited that can be imported directly into an IDS. ...more »

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Allow different EFS filings to be opened in different tabs

Many attorneys work with staff members that help prepare documents and upload them to EFS for the attorney to review before filing. For IDS filings of complex families of cases, for example, this can mean having to review dozens of filings. Currently, each filing can only be opened one at a time, after about 8 clicks and repeated downward scrolls through the EFS page. Going back and seeing the next filing takes another ...more »

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ADS Priority Claim

Under the Domestic Benefit/National Stage Information section, since the first radio button labeled "Remove" does not work, could it be changed to "Add" instead (that works), so that when a Continuation, Divisional, or Continuation-in-part application is filed we can simply use the ADS from the parent application and choose the "Add" button to add our priority application? This would be extremely helpful especially when ...more »

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