Campaign: Security and Authentication

Portal to send password to open an encrypted file before meeting

Perhaps a secure portal could be added through which an applicant or applicant's representative can send an examiner a password to open an encrypted file containing claim drafts or other material before an interview meeting. The portal would not burden an examiner with any messages or e-mail, but would contain only a password and would indicate the type of file that would later arrive by e-mail or file-sharing platform. ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of PAIR

Mobile App/Access

Allow users to access PRIVATE PAIR via a mobile device. Provide a mobile-optimized view of documents and status of cases.

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Information links on EFS are unsuable

The 'more information' links on EFS link to either an Error 404 page or a page with the note that they are no longer maintained and not a part of the new website.

 

I assume this is a new issue now that uspto.gov has been redesigned, but it's a pretty major faux pas.

Submitted by (@bburke)

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Campaign: Modernization of PAIR

PAIR XML tweaks

In PAIR, the ability to download XML data for a customer number is useful, but two suggestions: 1) Have an option to get data from all your customer numbers at once; and 2) include in the XML an indicator of current status. It already lets you filter on application status ('all', 'new', 'pending', 'issued', 'abandoned', 'other') - simply include this status tag in the download.

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Campaign: Miscellaneous

Fix XML import/export in ADS

The last update to the Application Data Sheet (aia/0014) broke the XML import/export functionality. Please bring that back.

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Campaign: Modernization of PAIR

Provide additional Examiner data to Applicants

Patent Examiners are tasked with being the gatekeepers of patent applications. Cooperation between Applicants and Examiners is crucial to maintaining a high quality patent system. It would be helpful if PAIR (or any successor system) would be able to easily provide detailed information about a patent examiner in a centralized location. Such information can include: * Location (e.g., Hotelling, Jefferson building, ...more »

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Campaign: Miscellaneous

VOIP Calls Through Computer as well as Phone Calls to PTO

Sometimes waiting on hold for the PTO is quite infuriating. Considering the large volume of calls placed daily, could the PTO implement a digital VOIP to enable calls through a caller's computer that has a microphone and speaker? This could allow for useful on screen features, s.a. a time to available agent, call position in queue, and other stats, which could be displayed quietly in the background while the caller ...more »

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Campaign: Miscellaneous

Collapse Financial Manager Notices

Users must access Financial Manager to add new personnel to their stored payment methods. When a user first logs into Financial Manager, they should have an opportunity to collapse various notifications so that toggling between payment methods eliminates the substantial space taken up by the notifications. To better confirm users have reviewed the data, the option to collapse could appear after initial login. For example, ...more »

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Campaign: Security and Authentication

Establish Patent Center inactivity timeout to 30 minutes

Due to updated NIST guidelines, the USPTO plans to set the user inactivity timeout to 30 minutes in Patent Center. After 25 minutes of user inactivity, Patent Center will prompt you to continue with the authenticated session. If you do not confirm that that you want to continue, your session will terminate in order to protect your patent application data. In most cases, to sign back in after a timeout, you would only ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Permit Miscellaneous Letter submission with eIssueFee payment

I often file "Comments on the Notice of Allowance." At this time, it appears I cannot do that through the e-Issue fee payment, which only permits three categories of uploads:

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Upload .xml to fill out web-based forms

We do not use the web-based forms because you have to re-type information that already exists in our docketing system. Re-typing is a sure way to cause errors. Instead, I have programmed our docketing system to generate .xml documents that can be imported into an ADS which fills a good portion of the information. We also generate .xml that we use as a template for EPAS recordations. It would be great if the web-based ...more »

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Campaign: Miscellaneous

Allow submission of CAD files, such as SVG and DXF

Under this proposal, the submission of certain open-standard computer-aided design (CAD) files would be permitted. The permitted filetypes can be identified in advance, but the idea would be to allow an applicant to supplement the application with a computer file capable of generating 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visualizations of the applicant's concepts. Submitted CAD files would not replace patent figures and ...more »

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