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 .

(@dphipps)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Create ePetitions for Express Abandonment Please

Since Express Abandonment can be beneficial to applicants, it would be awesome to have ePetitions that immediately grant the request for Express Abandonment alone; in favor of a continuing application; with request for refund; and/or with a request to avoid publication. The current down time waiting for the Office to grant is undesirable when abandonment needs to occur immediately. Also, having ePetitions eliminates... more »

Voting

6 votes
6 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@dphipps)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Non-Patent Literature References Cited by the Office

Allow users of Private PAIR to retrieve copies of non-patent literature references cited by the examiner. Users of Private PAIR have reported that they are unable to download copies of references that were cited by the Office. It seems an undue burden to require practitioners of record or the Applicant to obtain these documents, often at a cost when the Office is citing them against the applicant. I recall some copyright... more »

Voting

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@dphipps)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Petition to Withdraw - Optional Correspondence Address Change

It would be nice to have the ePetition for Withdrawal as Attorney to mirror PTO/AIA/83 by only taking correspondence address information if it needs to be changed to the applicant/inventor. Form 83 doesn't require the practitioner to enter new correspondence information unless there needs to be a change to what is already present.

Voting

1 vote
1 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@ggroover)

Modernization of EFS-Web

(Re-)Fix eFiling receipts

For a long time, EFS eFiling receipts left the "Deposit Account" and "Authorized User" fields blank, even when fees were paid by Deposit Account. This was fixed at some point in the last few years, but seems to have broken again. Please fix this.

Voting

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@ggroover)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Fix WebADS date!

The WebADS form currently does NOT fill in the date field in the signature block, which is a huge problem: if an ADS is not properly signed, which signature includes the date, it is treated as a transmittal letter and not a proper ADS. Critically, this means that any priority claims are not (or may not be) considered. Applicants should NOT be penalized for using the PTO's own systems, especially when much of the appeal... more »

Voting

11 votes
11 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@judiths)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Allow Saving of Upload at Every Screen

I had previously suggested that the system automatically save uploaded documents, if it logs someone out. An alternative that may be easier to implement would be to provide a "save this submission" option on the document upload page as well. That way we can save the upload in process. This would be especially useful for example after we upload all the documents and before we start the document verification (opening... more »

Voting

12 votes
12 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@judiths)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Organize Document Descriptions Logically and make the Searchable

When classifying a document that is uploaded, we have to select a Document Description. But document descriptions are not in any logical order. For example, for an Office Action response, there are six categories, three of which start with different words, and thus are in different parts of the pull-down menu. (Amendment, Preliminary, and Response) Since all of these are amendments, they should be categorized together.... more »

Voting

17 votes
17 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@judiths)

Modernization of EFS-Web

FIX Web-ADS Priority Data Problem

Web-ADS appears to be BROKEN. If you use it to update anything for a matter with priority claims, it will edit the priority claim, and change the ordering of the elements. This is true even if you do not change the priority data at all. It will also insert an issue date for a Pending application. This is a serious problem and means that despite its convenience we cannot use the Web-ADS for to update the ADS data.... more »

Voting

10 votes
10 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Modernization of EFS-Web

Permit e-filing of Petitions to Revive after Final Rejection

A Petition to Revive can be e-filed by completing a form online and receiving an instantaneous grant if all formal conditions are met. One exception to this type of filing is if a Response has been filed under 37 CFR 1.116 after a final rejection. The system requires regular filing of the petition after a final rejection. Why? This makes no sense. It requires more effort on the part of the PTO to have a Petitions... more »

Voting

7 votes
7 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@judiths)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Provide an Alert if there is something wrong/EFS is not working

It appears that EFS stops working periodically, with little warning. It would be really useful if there were a "live" status update on EFS when we log into EFS. For example, today I uploaded a patent application. It was validated, and everything looked like it was going well, until I clicked Submit. At that point I got a notice that said: "Your request could not be completed at this time. Please try again later."... more »

Voting

14 votes
14 up votes
0 down votes
Active
(@christine)

Modernization of EFS-Web

312 Amendment Workflow

When a 312 Amendment is submitted, could a workflow or message be sent to the Examiner to let them know. We often hear that 312 Amendments are not on the Examiner's docket yet, therefore, he can't act on them. Since we are running up against the Issue Fee due date, it would be great if we could get it on the Examiner's docket as soon as possible.

Voting

13 votes
13 up votes
0 down votes
Active