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

Submitted by (@judiths)

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Submitted by (@judiths)

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 »

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Submitted by (@christine)

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.

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Previously Paid Issue Fee Amount

Currently, there is no way to pay an issue fee via the new payment system in an amount less than the current full amount (i.e., $1000). In some instances, an issue fee may be paid under an older fee schedule (i.e., $960), but withdrawn from issue for some reason (e.g., to IDS a foreign office action/references). Once the application is allowed again, only the difference (i.e., $40) should be due, but the payment system ...more »

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Revisit Making Saved Submissions Available by Customer Number

Since practitioners cannot be sponsored by other practitioners we need a mechanism to allow practitioners to review saved submissions prepared under another practitioner. For example, a practitioner newly registered to practice or with with a limited registration may not be allowed to sign documents being filed with the Office. This of course is a firm preference and not a requirement of the Office. Still, this presents ...more »

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Submitted by (@ggroover)

Fix WebADS priority ordering

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 »

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