Modernization of EFS-Web

Remove Slashes in S-Signatures

The requirement that s-signatures be placed within slashes (e.g., /John Doe/) is an anachronism that is difficult and time-consuming to explain to inventors and executives, and even harder to achieve in practice. Modern signing services (e.g., such as DocuSign, et al.) provide proof of an intent to sign that can be retained in the practitioner's file. For the 21st century we need to permit signing the way the rest of ...more »

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Replacing an Uploaded File

When we do a final review of documents uploaded, we sometimes discover errors. In order to fix those errors, we have to first delete the file (losing the document description, or document descriptions and page numbers for multi-part files), and then upload a new file, and adding the document description again.

 

It would be really useful to be able to replace the PDF file, while keeping all the other data in place.

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Application Status on EFS Web, with Accurate Status Date

It would be useful to have the current status of an application displayed on EFS Web, in the block identifying the application. This is particularly useful if you are submitting an IDS (knowing that there was an office action set tells you whether you need to pay a fee.) It's also useful when submitting a response, as a reminder that an Extension of Time may be due, etc. It could be as simple as: Non-Final Action ...more »

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Search by Atty Docket Number

I'd like it if the "Search by Attorney Docket Number" would include an option to search for numbers "containing" the search string (in addition to the "starts with" choice), to allow easier searching on cases where we've got more than one reference number (for example, our number and the client's reference number) Maybe even better would be to provide a way to assign multiple reference numbers to the same matter, and ...more »

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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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Automation of Common Administrative Tasks

USPTO is planning to automate the following administrative tasks through Private PAIR 1) New Customer Number Request, 2) Change Correspondence/Maintenance Fee Address, 3) Change Entity Status. Would you find these new functionalities beneficial? Please share what other routine tasks you would like to see automated.

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Improved Docketing View

A screen in PAIR that tracks all applications by customer number in a docket list (as currently performed) but with status indicator, calendar/timeline, and provides the ability to sort applications by pending activity, priority or due date, and status.

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Allow different EFS filings to be opened in different tabs

Many attorneys work with staff members that help prepare documents and upload them to EFS for the attorney to review before filing. For IDS filings of complex families of cases, for example, this can mean having to review dozens of filings. Currently, each filing can only be opened one at a time, after about 8 clicks and repeated downward scrolls through the EFS page. Going back and seeing the next filing takes another ...more »

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Provide notification of Deposit Account Use

Send an email notification every time the deposit account is used.

 

You have an email address associated with the account.

 

Please send an email, indicating the serial number, attorney reference number, and what was charged and for what. Ideally, it would also include the remaining deposit account balance.

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