Modernization of EFS-Web

In this campaign, our goal is to enhance the user experience with the electronic filing system. Please share with us your ideas on how we can improve the PAIR and e-Office Action user experience. For more information visit EFS-Web .

Modernization of EFS-Web

Filing Text-based PDF Documents

Would you prefer filing text-based PDF documents (contain searchable text), instead of image-based PDF documents?

Submitted by (@catherine.szabo)
13 comments

Voting

87 votes
89 up votes
2 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

ADS form improvement

Preparing an ADS is simply a pain. Even worse is preparation of an ADS with corrections. It would be easier if there was some way to either correct or modify an ADS from EFS or at least provide a way to use underline and strikethrough on the ADS fillable form.

Submitted by
24 comments

Voting

61 votes
62 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Payment for Electronic Filing

When paying PTO fees, we have to re-enter the credit card info, address, etc., separately for each filing. Why not enable registered filers to save the credit card info under a login name and password so that multiple filings could be paid for without repeated entries of personal info.

Submitted by (@ahershkovitz)
17 comments

Voting

54 votes
61 up votes
7 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Next Generation Application Filing

eMod is planning to automate many data entry tasks when filing a new patent application via Patent Center. On the initial step of the filing process, we are proposing the option to allow users to upload their completed ADS, and have the system extract the required basic information automatically. Would you like this feature? Please see the mock-ups in the attachments section below or at the links listed, and share your ...more »

Submitted by (@lisa.tran)
21 comments

Voting

43 votes
44 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Corrections during filing of applications

Currently, if you discover that you have made a typo or checked a wrong box in the first part of a new application filing, there seems to be no way to go back and fix it without losing all of your uploads. You should be able to edit and fix these things easily at least prior to actual submission.

Submitted by
8 comments

Voting

57 votes
58 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Automation of 85b (Issue Fee Transmittal)

The USPTO is enhancing the Issue Fee Transmittal (85b) submission process in EFS-Web, by using a web-based form. What do you like or dislike about the current Issue Fee Payment process?

Submitted by (@amy.stevens)
17 comments

Voting

33 votes
33 up votes
0 down votes
Active

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 »

Submitted by (@alanflum)
10 comments

Voting

43 votes
44 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

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.

Submitted by (@ahershkovitz)
3 comments

Voting

51 votes
52 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Identifiers for Documents Filed Thru EFS

There are not enough identifiers for documents filed. For instance we need:

Claims not in English

Clean Version of Specification

Marked Version of Specification

Submitted by (@savannah)
14 comments

Voting

28 votes
31 up votes
3 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

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 »

Submitted by (@judiths)
7 comments

Voting

34 votes
34 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Information Disclosure Statement - Submission of References

Minimize the number of submissions as well as entries per submission when uploading references for electronically filing an Information Disclosure Statement. The ability to upload .zip files with numerous "Foreign" references in one .zip file, as well as uploading numerous "Non Patent Literature" references in one .zip file, etc. would save a lot of time in EFS-Web. Currently, having to browse; upload the reference; ...more »

Submitted by (@cynthia.bennett)
4 comments

Voting

36 votes
36 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Drag and Drop Uploading of Files

Rather than loading one file at a time, it would save time to have a drag and drop interface for uploading files. This is fairly common in modern web interfaces, such as Wordpress, and easy to implement (CSS and Javascript) and there are canned solutions out there (for example, dropzone, filedrop, etc.). Think of the time that would be saved. Instead of loading all the application files one at a time, you can load all ...more »

Submitted by (@alanflum)
2 comments

Voting

36 votes
38 up votes
2 down votes
Active