Modernization of PAIR

Need multiple certificates for a registered practitioner

I need to allow a paralegal to use my certificate to access Private PAIR and EFS. However, in order to maintain client confidentiality, I do not wish to allow the paralegal access to ALL of my customer numbers, but only to a certain subset. This is not possible since I only have one certificate, but could be solved if I was permitted to have more than one certificate, where each certificate could be associated with ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Batch Power of Attorney Filings

Currently, I can assign a number of cases simultaneously with a batch assignment, but I have to file a separate Power of Attorney in each case, via EFS. I use the same signed document for each (a general power of attorney). It would be much more efficient if we could add multiple matters to a single Power of Attorney filing. It would also be helpful if we did not need to submit a separate ADS form with the Power of ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Real-Time EFS-Web/PAIR Unavailability Screen

It would be nice if, when EFS and/or PAIR go down, the screen indicating the system is unavailable had real-time information such as the time it went down, the current time, and any updates regarding getting it back online (such as an ETA). I think it may be useful to know how long it has been down and the likelihood of when it may come back online in order to make a contingency plan (since the actual EFS web-contingency ...more »

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Automation of Common Administrative Tasks

USPTO is planning to automate the following administrative tasks through Private PAIR 1) New Customer Number Request, 2) Change Correspondence/Maintenance Fee Address, 3) Change Entity Status. Would you find these new functionalities beneficial? Please share what other routine tasks you would like to see automated.

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Miscellaneous

Official Filing Receipt

Please include all pertinent applicant/application information on the first page of the official Filing Receipt, such as the title of the application and the entity status. Often this information is on second page, which I find a nuisance.

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Access Financial Manager via EFS login

After logging in to EFS using your PKI certificate, if you need to pay for something, you need to log in again to Financial Manager. This wastes time and often (for me at least) the link forwarding you to the financial manager page is broken, which means you cannot pay in the same session and causes a whole different set of problems. I suggest somehow linking access to financial manager to a given PKI certificate so ...more »

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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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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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Simplify Priority Claim in ADS (Combine Foreign and Domestic)

A recent idea was to combine the priority listings in PAIR into a single patent family showing foreign and domestic continuity, upstream and down, in a single location. Similarly, it would be convenient if practitioners could list a priority chain in an ADS that included domestic and foreign priority in a single location in the ADS (as compared to the present requirement that foreign and domestic priority be listed separately). ...more »

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USPTO Review of Notice of Allowance and Inventor Declarations

Recently, when the USPTO issues a Notice of Allowance, it also generally requires the applicant to submit an inventor declaration. Often, the processing branch does not go back and look at the file to determine whether such a declaration has already been submitted. This has happened in several cases recently in which we submitted the declarations. We have had such requirements for the declaration lifted by contacting ...more »

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File wrapper synchronization using Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive

The USPTO should support file synchronization (e.g., Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive support). PDF documents in the image file wrapper should automatically synchronize to subscribed users' Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive folder. Authorized practitioners and applicants could subscribe to private folders, whereas published application documents could be made available in public folders. My experience is that applicants typically ...more »

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