Modernization of PAIR

Search by Status or Other Field and Filterable/Refinable Results

It would be nice to have additional fields to search on, such as searching by status. In a recent example relevant to me, i had several cases with issue notifications mailed, and it would be nice to search for that status, or that last mailed item, or other data besides application serial number, patent, application pub, attorney docket, etc. I know you can view recent correspondence, but that lumps everything together ...more »

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API for PAIR/Private PAIR

There should be an Application Programming Interface (API) for both PAIR and Private PAIR so that the xml files that are currently available there now can be downloaded automatically by any custom program, rather than having to log in manually, download, and then process.

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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.

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IDS Reference Date

The SB 08 A to be submitted to the PTO requested that the full month day and year be referenced next to each reference submitted. However when receiving references in an OA from the examiner, only the month and year are referenced. Very time consuming to have to look up each of those references just to find the day of the date to submit the SB 08 A.

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Web ADS - date of signature

The web-based ADS does not fill in a date on the PDF version, it just leaves the field blank. It does not appear to go back and add the date once it's actually filed. This creates a poor file copy for our records. Would like the web-ADS complete with signing date to show up as a downloadable link at the confirm/submit stage, so I can get a file copy without having to go into Private PAIR as a second step.

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Stay Logged in to Financial Manager for Same Time as EFS

I submitted a related idea entitled "Access Financial Manager via EFS login". However, even if that is not implemented, a helpful improvement would be to link the log-in to financial manager to your session in EFS-web, such that if you make several submissions in EFS-web you will not be logged out of financial manager if you wait too long between submissions and have to log in again. In the new Patent Center concept, ...more »

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Authorization for Email Communication

Allow registered practitioners that are associated with a customer number (CN) used as the correspondence address (CA) to authorize communications with the Office via email pursuant to MPEP 502.03 upon filing via EFS-Web. Although the MPEP indicates that authorization is from the applicant, the CN practice allows for practitioners associated with the CN used for the CA to access unpublished applications. These practitioners ...more »

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Submission of Petition for Foreign Filing License

Currently the Petition for Foreign Filing License must be submitted via FAX. The petition and accompanying documents must be faxed to the appropriate office and, according to the people who process the petitions, the documents are not received in their mailbox until the following day. Follow up to make sure the fax was properly received is thereby delayed. The usual turn around time to receive the License is 2-3 business ...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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