The current Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) form does not accept older five or six digit patent numbers. For example, 123456 or 12345. The older forms accepted this numbers with leading zeros. For example, 0123456. Please restore this functionality to the IDS forms.
When making priority claims using WebADS, the order the priority claims are input seems to be unrelated to the order in which they populate the resultant WebADS aia0014 form. That is, if five priority claims are listed in order 12345, they might come out as 31452. This has already presented problems in at least one case, where the (long and complex) priority chain in the as-filed ADS came out totally jumbled, causing ...more »
I sent 3 sponsorship requests to my practitioner today. She received no notification that she had pending requests to review. It wasn't until we went to the sponsorship tool logged in as her that she saw that she had 3 pending requests. I believe the practitioners have no reason to access the sponsorship tool on a regular basis so they'd have no way of knowing they have pending requests. I suggest that a notification ...more »
Restricting the ability of users to change the email address associated with their USPTO.gov account is not optimal. People move from company to company, firm to firm, and will need to use their business email address as their account address. It is not practical to require users to contact the Office to make a change that should be allowed electronically. The Office already requires users to change their password ...more »
Now more than before we need the ability to identify at least three (3) administrators that can conduct additions and removal by domain address. Since USPTO.gov accounts are used to access secure USPTO systems, this seems a valid possibility when a specific domain is used for account names. For example, our practitioners and employees all have accounts under their firm email address so the domain is the same for everyone. ...more »
If we log into the Financial Manager to pay Maintenance Fees, automatically provide a list of patents associated with our customer number(s) that have maintenance fees due.
This should reduce the number of inadvertently missed payments, and simplify the maintenance fee process.
I will sometimes have Comments on the Allowance, which have to be submitted with the Issue fee. Sometimes I have minor amendments to the Specification.
Right now, the only options I have for submissions with the Issue Fee are:
* Amendment After Notice of Allowance
* Oath and Declaration
* Request for Simultaneous Issuance
You should at a minimum add:
* Transmittal Letter
The MyUSPTO links available on every USPTO web page should include a drop-down menu to either:
What Is It? (link to home page)
Having to click on the MyUSPTO link and then click on Sign In seems excessive when you know what you want. Even in the event that a user clicks on Sign In when they do not yet have an account, the sign in dialog box gives them the option to create one.
The drop-down menus in MyUSPTO are very helpful. Please update the link on the Patents drop-down for the MPEP to pull up the searchable MPEP. The HTML version is not user friendly, especially to those who are newer to patent prosecution and need to search to find their answers. The Trademarks drop-down is already set to pull up the searchable TMEP.
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 »
Currently the practitioner a person is working under in EFS-Web is not automatically the practitioner they are working under when moving to Private PAIR. What is the purpose of not keeping these the same as is the current process when using a PKI to login?
Recommend removing reCAPTCHA and retain two factor authentication for new login scheme or EFS and PAIR. The new PTO login scheme requires dual factor authentication and a reCAPTCHA. The dual factor authentication provides unauthorized login protection, while the reCAPTCHA is intended to prevent automation. The current PTO login scheme that is being depreciated supports automation and the PTO has stated they plan to ...more »