Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@jmiller448)

ADS form improvement

Preparing an ADS is simply a pain. Even worse is preparation of an ADS with corrections. It would be easier if there was some way to either correct or modify an ADS from EFS or at least provide a way to use underline and strikethrough on the ADS fillable form.

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Submitted by (@jmiller448)

More on Data Consistency

Currently there are many variations in the placement of data (application no., file date, docket no., etc.) on a communication from the Patent Office. It would be helpful if all communications used exactly the same basic format for application data, etc. For example, the arrangement of data in a Notice of allowance is different from the arrangement of data on an Office Action. Decisions on petitions are somewhat free-form. ...more »

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Submitted by (@jmiller448)

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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Modernization of PAIR

Submitted by (@ggroover)

Enable *full* XML download of many applications at once

If you download the XML data for a number of applications at once (e.g. for everything under a given customer number), you get significantly less data for each application than if you pulled the XML data for each application separately. Let there be an option to pull the complete XML data for multiple applications at once, please (and preferably all applications at once).

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Modernization of PAIR

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"Bulk" patent application bibliographical XML download

Currently, in private PAIR, there are, more or less, two options to download XML-related data for a patent application. One option is the ability to download a list of applications associated with a customer number and includes general status information. Another option is to XML download a more detailed set of information pertaining to a specific patent application - this can be done one application at a time. For ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Submitted by (@judiths)

Allow tiered access to Private PAIR

With the new system of sponsorship, we can provide access to non-attorneys. However, the access remains all-or-nothing. Please provide at least two levels of access, owner and viewer, where a viewer can see and download data but cannot upload or edit it. Also, please provide such access this by Customer Number, so we can selectively give access to clients. This would allow us to provide access to clients, even if ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@drhoads)

Web ADS - date of signature

The web-based ADS does not fill in a date on the PDF version, it just leaves the field blank. It does not appear to go back and add the date once it's actually filed. This creates a poor file copy for our records. Would like the web-ADS complete with signing date to show up as a downloadable link at the confirm/submit stage, so I can get a file copy without having to go into Private PAIR as a second step.

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Submitted by (@dphipps)

Collapse Financial Manager Notices

Users must access Financial Manager to add new personnel to their stored payment methods. When a user first logs into Financial Manager, they should have an opportunity to collapse various notifications so that toggling between payment methods eliminates the substantial space taken up by the notifications. To better confirm users have reviewed the data, the option to collapse could appear after initial login. For example, ...more »

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Security and Authentication

Submitted by (@dblagent007)

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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Submitted by (@ben000)

VOIP Calls Through Computer as well as Phone Calls to PTO

Sometimes waiting on hold for the PTO is quite infuriating. Considering the large volume of calls placed daily, could the PTO implement a digital VOIP to enable calls through a caller's computer that has a microphone and speaker? This could allow for useful on screen features, s.a. a time to available agent, call position in queue, and other stats, which could be displayed quietly in the background while the caller ...more »

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