Modernization of EFS-Web

Don't Require Use of Proprietary PDF Programs

Stakeholders use a wide variety of PDF creation programs. eMod should be able to ingest a PDF created using a variety of programs. (e.g., don't require use of PDF creation by use of Vendor X's software) Either use a PDF specification that is open-source, or publish an SDK that could drive development by multiple vendors.

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Next Generation Application Filing

eMod is planning to automate many data entry tasks when filing a new patent application via Patent Center. On the initial step of the filing process, we are proposing the option to allow users to upload their completed ADS, and have the system extract the required basic information automatically. Would you like this feature? Please see the mock-ups in the attachments section below or at the links listed, and share your ...more »

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Permit change of Fee Address without customer number

I have a few small clients that would prefer to handle maintenance fees on their own They would like to just change the fee address, but that is not possible without a customer number. So, the customer number should be much easier to get (online - instant - which it should be anyway) so I can easily handle that for them, or the PTO should permit post issuance communication address to be changed to an regular address ...more »

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NPL Documents Downloadable/Viewable

NPLs should be available for download from the image file wrapper tab, just like foreign references. It would save time and expense, especially since there is no way to do a sanity check regarding whether the correct NPL was filed except by trying to match the page count.

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Assignment E-Filing

Currently when e-filing an Assignment you are only required to enter the Application #. This is a major flaw because there are instances where there was a typo in the Application # and the Assignment was uploaded to the wrong Application. The confirmation # should also be required for e-filing an Assignment to ensure accuracy. There should also be a better view of the uploaded documents, so that the documents can ...more »

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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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Charge Deposit Account based on Customer Number

Add to Financial Manager the ability to associate deposit accounts with customer numbers. Then allow practitioners associated with a specific customer number authorize the Office to charge the deposit account associated with the customer number. Practitioners sign correspondence being filed with the Office but may rarely effect the submission of, and payment for, such filings. As a result, practitioners making an authorization ...more »

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Update firm address by customer number in trademark applications

Currently, if a firm changes their mailing address, the changes to trademark applications and registrations must be updated one at a time. In a large portfolio of hundreds of applications and registrations, this is time consuming. It would be great if we could update firm addresses in trademark applications in bulk, e.g. by customer number or single spreadsheet.

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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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Identity Authentication

The eMod team is looking into ways to update the authentication process, while still maintaining useful features (i.e. multiple users accessing a single account or one user accessing multiple accounts). What do you like/dislike about the current identity authentication process?

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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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Pre-exam policies and procedures should be public

Most of the internal pre-examination procedures are opaque outside of the USPTO. It would be very help to have, in writing, on the USPTO website the exact internal procedures used to evaluate whether a Power of Attorney form, drawings, application data sheet, etc. are compliant. This would help reduce errors and ultimately reduce USPTO staff work load.

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