Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@dphipps)

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is from the applicant, the CN practice allows for practitioners associated with the CN used for the CA to access unpublished applications.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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Miscellaneous

Submitted by (@jmiller448)

PTO web site improvement for frequent users

Practitioners and their assistants who used EFS, PAIR, Assignment recording, Maintenance fee payments, Fees, Forms, etc. frequently have to navigate clicking and scrolling through the PTO web site to get to the locations we need. How about a practitioner tab or shortcut that takes us straight to the most common links used by attorneys/agents/staff. Then we could make a single bookmark that takes us to Private PAIR, ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Submitted by (@dphipps)

Enable Request to Delete Attorney Data After Issuance

Because Power of Attorney effectively ends at issuance, practitioners are prevented from withdrawing as attorney of record in issued patents. This can lead the public into believing that a practitioner is responsible when they are not. Law firms routinely transfer files back and forth. Some practitioners do not feel it is necessary to file a new POA for issued patents because POA is technically "ineffective." Given ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@trsarathi)

Why tons of forms for USPTO? Lets use the power of HTML/JS.

Remove the process-pain please. No forms need to be attached/uploaded. Instead of so many USPTO forms, there should be just a web page with each current form being an expandable/collapsible field in the web page. Merge all forms in to one live user-fillabler web page for the registered e-filers. All it needs is a good Java Script based web form. Such web form would have a left pane (for example) which lists all the ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@chrisw)

Provide Dropbox upload as the backup to EFS and EFS Contingency

As I write this, EFS-Web and EFS-Web Contingency have both been down for several days due to a PALM outage (https://www.uspto.gov/blog/ebiz/). Would the Office please consider opening a Dropbox* account that would accept ZIP uploads of submissions during outages? We could prepare PDFs for EFS-Web as usual, but then ZIP and upload them via a non-USPTO service with confidentiality guarantees. That way no single point ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@judiths)

Make References Cited by the Examiner available in Soft Copy

When an Examiner cites references, we only receive that list in a PDF.

 

Please make the list of cited references available a soft copy form, such as CSV, XML, or Doc.

 

This would improve our ability to consistently cross-cite, and also our ability to confirm that the patent numbers cited are accurate.

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@ggroover)

Fix menu sorting in EFS

This is a tiny tweak that would make things easier - currently, the dropdown menu to classify the files you're uploading is sorted alphabetically, but in a case-sensitive ordering. For example, in the petitions block of descriptions, there's a set of descriptions starting with 'Petition For', followed by a set of descriptions starting with 'Petition for'. Make the sorting case-insensitive instead, please.

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@alantaboada)

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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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@ahershkovitz)

Payment for Electronic Filing

When paying PTO fees, we have to re-enter the credit card info, address, etc., separately for each filing. Why not enable registered filers to save the credit card info under a login name and password so that multiple filings could be paid for without repeated entries of personal info.

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