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

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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EFS Contingency and Follow-on Submissions

The EFS Contingency filing system is currently limited to "new applications, national stage submissions under 35 U.S.C. 371, requests for reexamination, and certain petitions." The system should be enhanced to include follow on submissions as well. If not all types of follow-on submissions, then at least the big ones, such as replies to restriction requirements, non-final office actions, final office actions, and whatever ...more »

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Reason for UPSTO Charge to Deposit Account

Often times, charges to a deposit account are expected and understood as to why they occurred. However, sometimes, a miscellaneous deposit account charge shows up and it is difficult to determine why the deposit account was charged (even though the fee code and amount is provided). It would be helpful if the person making the charge included a brief comment as to why the charge was being made. This would help practitioners ...more »

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Make References Cited by the Examiner available in Soft Copy

When an Examiner cites references, we only receive that list in a PDF.

 

Please make the list of cited references available a soft copy form, such as CSV, XML, or Doc.

 

This would improve our ability to consistently cross-cite, and also our ability to confirm that the patent numbers cited are accurate.

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STOP logging people out of EFS-Web

Today I was logged out of EFS-Web with no warning for timing out after approximately 15 minutes. Nominally, it takes at least 30 minutes of no activity for a log-out. But I have received the log-out warning or been logged out for no activity WHILE I was uploading documents. The PTO's explanation notes: "Note that a logout will automatically occur when your session times out based on the defined user timeout value." ...more »

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Provide notification of Deposit Account Use

Send an email notification every time the deposit account is used.

 

You have an email address associated with the account.

 

Please send an email, indicating the serial number, attorney reference number, and what was charged and for what. Ideally, it would also include the remaining deposit account balance.

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Cross-IDS Matters Automatically

We often file two or more related cases. One of the most frustrating parts of prosecution is having to keep up with cross-filing references between related applications.

 

But the Patent Office has both data sets available. It would be amazing if we could simply indicate that two cases are related enough for cross-referencing, without having to file the references, and sometimes office actions and responses.

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Deposit Account Data: Smarter Access

Right now, you can get your Deposit Account on a monthly basis by downloading the monthly statements.

 

There is no way to search transactions, or even download transactions over a longer period than one month. It would be very useful to be able to download all transactions for a longer time period than one month.

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Filing of Fees Due After a Submission is Completed

This idea is similar to one I posted earlier, but comes up in a different context. See: https://uspto-emod.ideascale.com/a/dtd/537995-31593, for the original idea relating to correcting EFS-Web filings after pressing the Submit button). Sometimes, either due to an error on behalf of the filer or due to the USPTO Financial Manager not working properly, submissions are made without payment of fees that are due. Sometimes ...more »

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