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 .

Campaign: Modernization of EFS-Web

Replacing an Uploaded File

When we do a final review of documents uploaded, we sometimes discover errors. In order to fix those errors, we have to first delete the file (losing the document description, or document descriptions and page numbers for multi-part files), and then upload a new file, and adding the document description again.

 

It would be really useful to be able to replace the PDF file, while keeping all the other data in place.

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Application Status on EFS Web, with Accurate Status Date

It would be useful to have the current status of an application displayed on EFS Web, in the block identifying the application. This is particularly useful if you are submitting an IDS (knowing that there was an office action set tells you whether you need to pay a fee.) It's also useful when submitting a response, as a reminder that an Extension of Time may be due, etc. It could be as simple as: Non-Final Action ...more »

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Faster and easier Retrieval of Saved Submissions

Saved submissions are a great way to work with someone else to set up a filing, and then have them review and submit it. But right now it takes five clicks to get there, for of which are entirely unnecessary. There should be a single click access to saved submissions. The third radio button should be "access saved submissions." It would also be nice to have the serial number in addition to the title & EFS ID on ...more »

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Music While on Holed

Hi. When you call the USPTO and choose EFS-Web (or any other department/topic) there's this really depressing music that plays while you're on hold. If I turn down the volume on my speaker phone I can miss the person that takes the call. Really, this music makes me down in the dumps. Can it be changed? How about old-fashioned Muzak from the 70s? Was wondering if there were studies done and it was determined that depressing ...more »

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Bulk Uploading of Non-Patent Literature & Foreign Refs for IDSs

Allow for bulk uploading of references for IDSs.

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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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Do not use a log-in as a log-out

When we log into EFS or Private-PAIR half the time the system says "log-out completed."

 

This is never useful. When the system times out (which it often does), we never want to complete a log-out by entering the password again.

 

Please fix this broken functionality.

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Enable bulk change of attorneys associated with customer numbers

These days most clients want their own Customer Numbers, so even small firms often have dozens of Customer Numbers.

 

However, if a new attorney joins, or someone leaves, each of the individual customer numbers must be edited.

 

It would be helpful if we could submit a single change, by adding or deleting the user, and selecting the customer numbers that it impacts with a checkbox.

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Permit Miscellaneous Letter submission with eIssueFee payment

I often file "Comments on the Notice of Allowance." At this time, it appears I cannot do that through the e-Issue fee payment, which only permits three categories of uploads:

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One and Done

This is ridiculous to select User Authentication Method each time you log on. We should only be required to do this once especially if you're using the same (dedicated) computer! It is such a waste of time to do this each time. Below is what we see each time! Select User Authentication Method Authenticate with Java Applet (old method) Authenticate with Java Web Start (new method) Which Authentication Method ...more »

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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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"Oops" options for filing submissions

Often, well hopefully not too often but sometimes, you realize a mistake in a filing as soon as you press the submit button. Examples of such things might be forgetting to include a document in the filing, forgetting to pay an extension of time or other fee, or others. It would be convenient if one or more options existed for correcting a filing immediately following submission. For example, a button on the receipt ...more »

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