Security and Authentication

Eliminate Digital Certificates - Use Modern 2-Factor Auth.

Eliminate the digital certificates and Entrust Java applets in favor of using modern two-factor authentication methods. Here is a good blog post explaining why. http://blog.oppedahl.com/?p=226 Another reason to get rid of the Entrust java system is that many browsers will stop supporting plugins like java that are required for the entrust system to work. For example, Chrome will disable support for the java plugin in ...more »

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Identity Authentication

The eMod team is looking into ways to update the authentication process, while still maintaining useful features (i.e. multiple users accessing a single account or one user accessing multiple accounts). What do you like/dislike about the current identity authentication process?

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Improve Handling of Drawings

Drawings currently submitted under EFS that don't have a monochromatic palette (i.e. pure black and pure white) end up getting a grayscale screen that distorts the drawing. This problem has been discussed many times on Carl Oppedahl's EFS mailing list. I suggest two things (1) an option to convert drawings submitted as black and white line drawings to pure black and white (i.e. no grayscale overlay), and (2) have a ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Automatic ADS Form Filling from PAIR

We would like to be able to generate forms from the PAIR website, specifically the ADS.

 

For example, when filing a Continuation or Divisional, it would be must easier to have the ADS form populated with data directly from PAIR, thereby preventing any operator error.

 

There are other forms that would benefit from this, but the ADS is the most problematic, particularly when claiming priority.

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Staff login/easier way to swtich between certificate users?

At our firm, our staff is the one that logs in on behalf of the attorney (we do the certification thing) and they do the uploading and submitting of any filings. One of the biggest complaints among the staff is having to log in as one attorney, submit their filing, and then log out/in when they have a filing for another attorney so that they can submit it under the different attorney's certificate. I feel that there ...more »

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IDS Submissions in Related Cases

Enable applicants to identify related applications for purposes of IDS considerations. By simply checking a box, Examiners would then have the IDS submissions in related cases presented for their consideration and initialing without requiring applicants to complete duplicate IDS forms.

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Leveraging Text

Application Documents in Text Form

In addition to collecting text information from applicants, the USPTO would also like to send and display patent application documents in a text format. If your application documents are provided to you in text, will that help you in future electronic filings?

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Renew Digital Certificates Electronically

Something that attorneys/staff are constantly worried about having to deal with is when their digital certificate expires. There doesn't seem to be a clear and easy way to renew your digital certificate after it has expired. In the past, I have had to fill out a form, mail it in, and wait an undisclosed amount of time for approval. Or I have had to sit on hold for over 20 minutes just to talk to someone to figure out ...more »

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Simplified Continuation Application Filing

A continuation or divisional application generally carries forward the original figures, specification, declaration, etc., as well as the IDS from its parent filing. It would be incredibly helpful if we could easily create a Continuation Application from a currently pending application, with auto-populated IDS, Spec, Figures, ADS. If you want it to be even more helpful, we could propagate any amendments to the Specification ...more »

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