Campaign: Miscellaneous

Match paragraph numbers in published appln to as-filed spec

It would be convenient for citation purposes if the paragraph numbers in the published application match those in the specification as-filed. My suggestion is that, so long as the numbering in the as-filed specification meets the USPTO publication guidelines, the original paragraph numbering should be retained in the published specification. The reason is that, while specification amendments are made to the as-filed ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Move easily between PAIR and EFS-Web

It would be useful to be able to navigate (in a separate window or tab, perhaps), between an application in PAIR and a filing for that application in EFS-Web. For example, when making a filing in EFS-Web and you want to check some information, you could click on a PAIR link to bring up the associated PAIR page for that filing. conversely, you could be looking at something in PAIR prior to filing something and want to ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Submission and Payment Receipts

In the new Patent Center tool, we are going to start providing two receipts when filing patent applications. The Submission Receipt will inform users that the filing has been successfully received by the office, followed by a Payment Receipt to inform users that the payment has been successfully submitted. Vote “up” if you prefer to have both submission and payment information on the final Payment Receipt; and vote “down” ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Assignments/Power of Attorney/3.73 statements

There has to be a better way to deal with this post AIA. A POA now requires an application number on the POA or the transmittal. This means you have to do a separate filing for the POA after you obtain the application number. If there is enough other identifying information, you should be able to attend to preparation of ALL of the paperwork in advance and then just do the filing without having this complex sequence ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

EFS Web: Easier Payment of Fees

The list of fees when you submit an action via EFS is random. Why is the IDS fee of $180 under "Miscellaneous fees" and the "Processing fee" of $140 is immediately visible? What code sections do those "Processing fees" apply to? How do you pay the fee for something that you can't find? Please add the ability to search fees, and the actual code sections to which each fee corresponds (e.g. the Processing Fee appears ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of PAIR

Assignment Documents Available on PAIR

It would be useful if the assignment cover page and the executed assignment documents were made available on PAIR, such as through a link to the .pdf in the "Assignments" tab, similar to what TSDR does for trademark assignments.

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Campaign: Modernization of PAIR

Make PAIR and EFS more accessible (stop using frames)

Currently, everything in PAIR uses coding frames to serve data. This is why all of PAIR has a single URL, why opening a two PAIR windows or two EFS windows doesn't let you do two things in parallel, and why you can't refresh or navigate forward or backward without it going haywire. Instead of the current setup, switch to a page-based, rather than frame-based, architecture. This would have tremendous benefits. Pulling ...more »

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Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Immediate EFW creation from EFS Web submission

It would greatly help in saving attorney time if the electronic file wrapper in PAIR were immediately created with the submission in EFS Web. Presently, the delay in creating the EFW means that it must be checked repeatedly so that the as-filed documents can be downloaded and checked. Regardless of whether or not the USPTO staff has checked the documents uploaded, having the EFW available immediately would save customer ...more »

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Campaign: Security and Authentication

Eliminate Digital Certificates - Use Modern 2-Factor Auth.

Eliminate the digital certificates and Entrust Java applets in favor of using modern two-factor authentication methods. Here is a good blog post explaining why. http://blog.oppedahl.com/?p=226 Another reason to get rid of the Entrust java system is that many browsers will stop supporting plugins like java that are required for the entrust system to work. For example, Chrome will disable support for the java plugin in ...more »

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