eCommerce Modernization Project

This eMod IdeaScale is designed to be a forum for public suggestions and discussions to drive the improvements to the electronic patent application process. The eCommerce Modernization (eMod) Project will modernize USPTO’s application filing and viewing systems to better fit your needs.

You can contribute by sharing ideas, discussing through the comments sections, or voting on ideas. We regularly check through the ideas and comments, share them with the team, and will even post a few ideas of our own! Although we will not respond to every idea, all ideas will be reviewed and considered. eMod IdeaScale FAQs

More information about the project can be found at http://www.uspto.gov/patent/emod. If you have any questions for the eMod Team, please contact us at emod@uspto.gov.

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

(@dphipps)

Security and Authentication

Eliminate Two-Step Authentication for MyUSPTO

Two-step authentication was not always required in the past for logging into MyUSPTO. With the issue of not being able to retrieve code emails today, it seems smart for the Office to eliminate any requirement for two-step authentication at the MyUSPTO login stage. Instead, require the two-step authentication when the user attempts to access a secure system for the first time. For example, the first time someone clicks ...more »

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(@chrisspradling1980)

Security and Authentication

Quantum 5G WAR - Open Source Internet of Everything hacked -

Patent assigned creating conflict with Human Interfacing Device heterogeneous Access System combined with Intelligent Information Autonomics verified Omni-all infra systems tailored, parental guardianship and rights to ownership are eminent claimed by I, Christopher M. Spradling. Major maliciousness with non compliance of open source attachments and properties set forth with non dispensary agreements and procurements ...more »

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(@ggroover)

Modernization of EFS-Web

(Re-)Fix eFiling receipts

For a long time, EFS eFiling receipts left the "Deposit Account" and "Authorized User" fields blank, even when fees were paid by Deposit Account. This was fixed at some point in the last few years, but seems to have broken again. Please fix this.

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(@dphipps)

Security and Authentication

Add Link to Certified Copy Center to MyUSPTO

Users of the new Certified Copy Center ("Center") must sign in at the Center's page rather than access through their MyUSPTO page. Although already signed in through MyUSPTO, users will need to sign in again when accessing the Center's page.

A link to the Center should be available under both the Patents and Trademarks drop-down menus.

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(@dphipps)

Security and Authentication

Certified Copy Center - Entitlement Document?

Kudos for converting the system for ordering certified copies. There is a major flaw in the system when you require users to log in using their USPTO.gov account. The flaw is that the system requires one or more entitlement documents before a user can proceed. This is a flaw because practitioners associated with customer numbers have access to unpublished applications, and the staff the sponsor do as well. Why require ...more »

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(@ggroover)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Fix WebADS date!

The WebADS form currently does NOT fill in the date field in the signature block, which is a huge problem: if an ADS is not properly signed, which signature includes the date, it is treated as a transmittal letter and not a proper ADS. Critically, this means that any priority claims are not (or may not be) considered. Applicants should NOT be penalized for using the PTO's own systems, especially when much of the appeal ...more »

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(@dphipps)

Security and Authentication

Add Role Permissions to Sponsorship Tool

Removing sponsored staff when they leave a firm is an urgent task and cannot always wait for practitioners to have time to complete the process. Alleviate this burden by including in the Sponsorship Tool a feature to allow for assigning different levels of security like in Financial Manager. A practitioner would designate one or more sponsored staff as administrators to manage sponsorship changes from the staff's own ...more »

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(@dphipps)

Security and Authentication

Auto-Scroll Sponsorship Tool Page - View More

In addition to the list of sponsored personnel is not in alphabetical order by default, users must scroll to see the available options for viewing more than 10 sponsored personnel per page. Options to show up to # are not visible when a user clicks on the "10 per page" link. Instead, users have to scroll to see the options for 10 items, 25 items, 50 items, and 100 items. In addition to automatically scrolling the page ...more »

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(@dphipps)

Security and Authentication

Export List of Sponsored Staff

Add a feature to the Sponsorship Tool to allow a user to export the list of staff that have been sponsored by the practitioner. When a large number of practitioners sponsor the same staff, having a list to confirm is greatly beneficial to ensuring that staff no longer associated with the practitioner no longer have access under that practitioner.

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(@dphipps)

Security and Authentication

Continue with Login After Setting New Password

Currently when asked to set a new USPTO.gov password, users are stuck in limbo and have to close out the window indicating a successful password change. It would be most efficient to have the system continue with the login you requested rather than getting stuck.

 

This happens consistently with the sponsorship tool and occasionally with MyUSPTO.

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(@dphipps)

Miscellaneous

Bulk Look-up for Maintenance Fees

Practitioners are often tasked with reviewing maintenance fee history. The data returned by the Office when looking up multiple records (max of 10 currently) is a great resource since it can be exported to Excel. Being able to upload data to make payments is helpful as well, however, it would be optimal to also be able to upload bulk data for the purpose of verifying past and future maintenance fee information. Helpful ...more »

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Miscellaneous

Eliminate conflicting language in Notice to File Miss Parts

Although it is generally accepted that if you are filing a response to a Notice to File Missing Parts or Notice to File Corrected Application Papers via EFS that you do not need to submit a return copy, the Notice actually contains conflicting instructions (see attached screenshot). The standard language of the Notices should be updated to definitively state that if you are filing a response via EFS that no return copy ...more »

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(@dphipps)

Modernization of PAIR

Remove POA Requirement to Change Fee Address

This is related to "Recognize POA in Issued Patent to Allow for Withdrawal." A practitioner will periodically need to update the Fee Address where the practitioner does not have Power of Attorney (POA). If a practitioner has access to the record via the Correspondence Address, the Office should allow such practitioner to update the Fee Address. Please correct me if I am wrong ... It does not appear that POA is required ...more »

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