Patent Center Beta Release

Patent Center Beta Release

Patent Center Beta Release

Reviewed but unsubmitted submissions lost

Our workflow is that a paralegal uploads the documents to be submitted, the attorney reviews them, and if correct, instructs the paralegal to submit. What we are seeing is that, once the attorney reviews the uploaded documents, the paralegal then no longer has those documents in her Workbench, and cannot submit the reviewed documents. This seems like a bug. I hope it's not a "feature."

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Patent Term Adjustment Data

Provide users with the ability to download a print-out of the entire Patent Term Adjustment calculation. The default appears to be a return of 10 line items with the ability to move through the calculation by page. When you use the print icon, the header takes up almost the entire first page. The remaining items are not pulled into the print job. It would be great to have two things resolved: 1) adjust the format... more »

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Getting back to correspondence list from an application record

When reviewing an application record reached from a filtered Outgoing Correspondence list, there does not appear to be any way to go back to the filtered correspondence list. The browser "Back" function will take you back to the default list, but then you have to apply the filter again (and wait). Private PAIR has a tab/button for returning to the correspondence list. Please add such a button to Patent Center.

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Unified submission and payment receipt needed

In EFS, a payment "receipt" is generated by merely setting up a payment, while the fact of payment is reflected on the same receipt as the submission itself. In PatentCenter, the submission receipt does not reflect the payment. While the payment receipt is generated after the actual payment, rather than before, and contains data making it clear the payment was submitted, it is at the very least confusing to look at... more »

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Include a Tab or Dropdown to Set Preferences

It would be very helpful to be able to set preferences for viewing and other tasks both in Workbench and other modules of Patent Center and have these saved with our profiles so they are remembered each time we log in. For example, for Workbench it would be great to be able to set the following preferences: number of items per page (instead of always defaulting to ten), the order they are presented (i.e., which column... more »

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Improve Document Type Selection for Drag-and-Drop File Upload

The drag and drop document upload feature is great as well as the automatic document type recognition. However, the current manual document type selection feature can be slow and cumbersome. For example, when loading a large under of IDS support documents such as foreign patents and non-patent literature it can take a long time to individually select their document type. To solve this problem, there should be some way... more »

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Eliminate CN Association Warning for Follow-On Submissions

Practitioners often file documents in existing matters when the client moves their work from one practitioner to another. Therefore, a new Power of Attorney is usually filed to associate the application record with a new customer number. It is understood that the practitioner is not associated with the customer number of the prior counsel. Please eliminate the warning for follow-on filings to reduce the number of clicks... more »

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Menu Bar labels on submission screen

The menu bar labels on the submission screen are confusing. "New Submission" is used for an initial submission to start a proceeding (including an application), while "Existing Submission" is used for a follow-on submission in an existing proceeding. But a new follow-on submission is still a new submission so that can be confusing, while "existing submission" sounds like a saved submission to be edited or filed. Why... more »

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PatentCenter can't accept an issue fee in a reissue application

I just tried to make an issue fee payment in a reissue application, but the list of document descriptions available is context sensitive and apparently in a reissue application, the "Issue Fee Payment" description is not available. I scrolled through everything and it was not there. I thought there might be an alternative description specific to reissue, but that was not there either.

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I can't believe this made it out of Alpha testing

I am in the middle of my first submission using PatentCenter instead of EFS-Web. It is a disaster. What were the Alpha testers doing that they allowed this to get to the Beta stage. 1. As part of our internal QC process, we have paralegals who check the submissions after they are uploaded and saved. Part of that process includes checking that document parts have been correctly labelled. And that requires being able... more »

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