Modernization of EFS-Web

In this campaign, our goal is to enhance the user experience with the electronic filing system. Please share with us your ideas on how we can improve the PAIR and e-Office Action user experience. For more information visit EFS-Web .

Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@judiths)

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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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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Submitted by (@dphipps)

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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Submitted by (@dratoff1)

Applications associated with a particular practitioner

Right now, a single customer number is associated with a particular client, and/or firm. Multiple practitioners are typically associated with each customer number. Yet only 1-3 practitioners (prosecuting practitioner and their supervisor(s)) are actually responsible for a particular case. It would be helpful to the practitioner if there was a way within PAIR to view their cases. Most practitioners buy expensive software, ...more »

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Submitted by (@robert.rose)

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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Submitted by (@ahershkovitz)

Payment of Fees

The PTO requires designation of what type of fees are being paid. When none of the listed options fit, there should be an "other" option which would be followed by a space where the Payor would identify the purpose of the fee. This would also permit payment in a small entity amount of fees in an application that is currently non-small entity (or vice-versa) and the payment is accompanied by a change of status request ...more »

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Submitted by (@judiths)

Automatically Save In Process Submissions if Timed Out

The Time-Out appears to happen sometimes unexpectedly. It's always frustrating when that happens. This is especially true if the timeout occurs while uploading something more complex like a patent application with references.

 

It would be a simple solution to have the system automatically save the in-progress upload, so we do not have to restart from scratch.

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Submitted by (@borchert1)

Upload .xml to fill out web-based forms

We do not use the web-based forms because you have to re-type information that already exists in our docketing system. Re-typing is a sure way to cause errors. Instead, I have programmed our docketing system to generate .xml documents that can be imported into an ADS which fills a good portion of the information. We also generate .xml that we use as a template for EPAS recordations. It would be great if the web-based ...more »

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Submitted by (@drhoads)

Web85b

For the entity size indication, when keeping the existing entity size at undiscounted, the resulting form states that it is a request to "change" to undiscounted status. To sharp-eyed clients, this looks like we filed in the incorrect status and are having to change it. Would prefer a wording that includes the statement that we are confirming the current entity size, which is what it says on the form when you are filling ...more »

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Submitted by (@judiths)

Enable Authorization of Deposit Account even if No fees are due

When you pay fees, you can authorize withdrawal of other fees from your deposit account.

 

This option is not available when no fees are being paid.

 

Please add the option. While we can & have used the response text to authorize the use of the deposit account, the Patent Office is not always consistent about noticing such an authorization.

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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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