Modernization of EFS-Web

PDF Page Resize

When PDF files are created from scans, for example declarations, they can be at varying resolutions, and be interpreted by EFS as having a page size which is too large. So long as the resolution is sufficient, EFS should be able to automatically resize the file to 8.5x11. Requiring the user to find out how to correct the problem is unnecessary.

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Secondary docket number

It would be helpful if we could associate multiple docket numbers with a case.

Clients, attorneys, foreign associates, former attorneys all tend to have different docket numbers if the same case. This sometimes causes confusion in keeping track of files unless you have a strong support system. Allowing multiple docket numbers would allow prosecutors to devote resources elsewhere.

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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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Establish Patent Center inactivity timeout to 30 minutes

Due to updated NIST guidelines, the USPTO plans to set the user inactivity timeout to 30 minutes in Patent Center. After 25 minutes of user inactivity, Patent Center will prompt you to continue with the authenticated session. If you do not confirm that that you want to continue, your session will terminate in order to protect your patent application data. In most cases, to sign back in after a timeout, you would only ...more »

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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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Patent Drawings in Greyscale and Color

Due to the advances in imaging technology, the patent office should encourage the submission of drawings in greyscale and color.

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Inventor Order Changes in ADS

Currently, if you have a prepared ADS and the client requests to add an inventor to a location other than the end of the list or to change the order of the inventors, the current ADS form does not allow you to easily do that. This same problem exists if you want to change the order of inventors or change inventorship post-filing as well. Or in a child patent application where you want to re-use the parent ADS. It would ...more »

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Remove incorrect documents from PAIR

Allow easier removal/correction of documents submitted via EFS-Web

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Automatic ADS Form Filling from PAIR

We would like to be able to generate forms from the PAIR website, specifically the ADS.

 

For example, when filing a Continuation or Divisional, it would be must easier to have the ADS form populated with data directly from PAIR, thereby preventing any operator error.

 

There are other forms that would benefit from this, but the ADS is the most problematic, particularly when claiming priority.

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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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Used Stored Credit Card Information like a Deposit Account

Now that the new Financial Manager stores credit card information, why not allow pre-authorized payment of fees from a stored credit card in the same way you pre-authorize payment (underpayment, extension fees, etc.) from a deposit account? Essentially, what I am suggesting is have the stored credit card perform the equivalent function of the deposit account. Like the deposit account, this would be an opt-in request. ...more »

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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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