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(@dphipps)

Miscellaneous

Opt-Out for Original Patent Grant

Allow applicants to opt-out of receiving an original patent grant as many do not wish to store the original documents. Although they are nicely presented, entities with large portfolios find little value in the original ribbon document. Allowing those who do not wish to receive an original is a cost and environment saver. Law firms won't be asked to store thousands of original patent grants, or need to mail these documents... more »

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(@drhoads)

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eTerminal Disclaimer - list the patent disclaimed

I think when you get the automatic approval of an e-Terminal Disclaimer in EFS, that the approval receipt document should include the patent/application number(s) that were listed in the disclaimer. I think it would also be very helpful if the notice on the front of the patent indicating that the patent is subject to a disclaimer also listed the patents/application number(s) disclaimed.

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(@sarah.cross)

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Submission of Petition for Foreign Filing License

Currently the Petition for Foreign Filing License must be submitted via FAX. The petition and accompanying documents must be faxed to the appropriate office and, according to the people who process the petitions, the documents are not received in their mailbox until the following day. Follow up to make sure the fax was properly received is thereby delayed. The usual turn around time to receive the License is 2-3 business... more »

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(@drhoads)

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PTO Maintenance Fee page should account for expiration

I think the Maintenance Fee reminders and expiration notices should not be sent out on patents that are already expired due to their priority date, and that maintenance fees should not be shown as "due" on the fee payment page if the case is otherwise expired.

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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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(@dphipps)

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Financial Manager Notifications

Notifications relating to payment method status should only be sent to administrators. In large firms such as ours, we have many fee payers who need not be involved in managing payment methods. As such, any user who is not designated as an administrator should not receive administrative like communications. Deposit account status is not distributed to all users, only administrators. The same standard should be used... more »

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(@judiths)

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Include IDS Notice when sending out references with a NOA

When the Examiner cites new references we usually receive a PAIR notification that reads " 892 - List of References cited by examiner."

 

We do NOT receive this notice when the new references accompany a Notice of Allowance.

 

Please fix this, so we receive the appropriate notice.

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(@patentparalegal2016)

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Allow for Multiple Transfers of Property in Single EPAS Session

When recording an assignment, it would be helpful to be able to list several transfers in a single submission. For example, if I have a case where I want to record the assignment from the inventors to company A, then Company A to Company B, it would be nice to do that in a single recordation, instead of two separate recordations. It could operate similar to the way you are able to record the transfer of multiple patents/applications... more »

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(@alanflum)

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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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MyUSPTO improvements: PAIR to patent docket; manage favorites

1) Most of the time I go directly to the files that I manage on Private Pair. It seems to me it would be faster if I could do that right from MyUSPTO. Perhaps one way to do so would be to have controls in Patent Docket for linking to associated files in PAIR, both at the individual level and in bulk. 2) It would be helpful to have controls to edit the Favorites list faster. As it stands, when you add a link, it goes to... more »

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(@todd00)

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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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(@stanprotigal)

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Match paragraph numbers in published appln to as-filed spec

It would be convenient for citation purposes if the paragraph numbers in the published application match those in the specification as-filed. My suggestion is that, so long as the numbering in the as-filed specification meets the USPTO publication guidelines, the original paragraph numbering should be retained in the published specification. The reason is that, while specification amendments are made to the as-filed... 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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