Patent Center Beta Release

"File another patent application"

The button that says "File another patent application" (and other prompts like that throughout Patent Center) should instead prompt the user to process another submission. Most of our submissions via EFS (and now Patent Center) are not applications but are rather documents related to existing applications. So the prompt to file another "patent application" is not correct. That was an error in EFS. It would be great... more »

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(@dphipps)

Patent Center Beta Release

Eliminate CN Association Warning for Follow-On Submissions

Practitioners often file documents in existing matters when the client moves their work from one practitioner to another. Therefore, a new Power of Attorney is usually filed to associate the application record with a new customer number. It is understood that the practitioner is not associated with the customer number of the prior counsel. Please eliminate the warning for follow-on filings to reduce the number of clicks... more »

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Patent Center Beta Release

Add attorney docket number to search field on Patent Center Home

The "Search for a patent application" field on the Patent Center home page should be revised to include attorney docket number as one of the options for searching. PAIR allows for searching by attorney docket number, and it is very common for a practitioner to search by attorney docket number. Thanks.

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Patent Center Beta Release

Improvements

Would like to be able to call up a new application from the application screen without having to return to the home screen. Would like to be able to enter two e-mail addresses when filing an application. Would like fee payment history to include maintenance fees. Profiles that autopopulate forms would be nice. For example, if I file hundreds of applications for the same client, it would be nice to have a profile for that... more »

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(@reneeo)

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Favorite Attorneys on MyUSPTO

When we log into MyUSPTO and go to file a patent or check PAIR, we are asked to pick a practitioner. As it stands now, the list is haphazard and in no particular order. I saw another submitter suggest that the practitioners be in alphabetical order. I like that idea but I'd like to take it one step further. How about having favorite practitioners? My firm currently has 48, but the ones I work with the most are less than... more »

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(@jmiller448)

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PTO Communications

I suggest modifying the first page of PTO communications to include the title of the invention. This can help attorneys and agents quickly and easily remember the nature of the invention in question, and also makes for easy reference in filling out PTO forms that include a space for the title. It also puts the title in front of the attorney so as to note any typos that need correction. It is practically free and may... more »

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(@cparnell)

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IDS Reference Date

The SB 08 A to be submitted to the PTO requested that the full month day and year be referenced next to each reference submitted. However when receiving references in an OA from the examiner, only the month and year are referenced. Very time consuming to have to look up each of those references just to find the day of the date to submit the SB 08 A.

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(@judiths)

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Saving Assignment Templates

Allow us to save Assignment Templates at any stage of the Assignment process.

 

I have to go all the way to the end to save a template, which means it includes not only my data and the assignee data, but also the assignor data, which has to be edited (at a minimum the date the document was signed is unlikely to be the same.)

 

Allow us to save the template with just our data, as well as with our data & assignee data.

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ADS Priority Claim

Under the Domestic Benefit/National Stage Information section, since the first radio button labeled "Remove" does not work, could it be changed to "Add" instead (that works), so that when a Continuation, Divisional, or Continuation-in-part application is filed we can simply use the ADS from the parent application and choose the "Add" button to add our priority application? This would be extremely helpful especially when... more »

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PAIR to EFS link

How about a control on a PAIR record || Application Data tab that opens an EFS session with Existing application selected, Documents and fees selected, and the application number and confirmation number entered?

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(@jmiller448)

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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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(@cscholz)

Patent Center Beta Release

Drag-and-Drop Bug - Random Reordering of Files

The drag-and-drop feature is a big time-saver, but there appears to be a bug that detracts from some of the ease-of-use. Specifically, the files that are dropped are not listed in the order they were in in the source folder. For example, if you drag documents from a source folder that are alphabetically listed, that order is not preserved in the uploaded documents. However, if you use the Browse... button to go to that... more »

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