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Search and download large sets of data

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I see that there are some changes to Patent Center from the earlier beta version. In the earlier version, there was an option to search applications through customer number, which is not available currently. Even, the customer number field is no longer available at the application data page. I have following recommendations for your consideration:

1. The 'Search by customer number' option should be made available... more »

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DOCX Patent Application gets loaded as a reference

One of our listserv members reports: The patent application that I just e-filed in DOCX form gets loaded into the "non-patent literature" section of "display references". The impression that one gets is that the Examiner could cite our own patent application against us to prove that our patent application lacks novelty. See article. This is EBC ticket number 1-718687424.

This is Patentcenter trouble ticket CP43 in the... more »

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Downloading IFW is non-intuitive

One of our listserv members reports: Downloading IFW is non-intuitive. A user downloads the IFW in PC by clicking on the box showing the number of documents selected and then selects the type of download. After doing so, however, nothing happens – there is no pop-up message that informs the user a download is in progress or has been initiated, and the download is not indicated by any web browser icon/message. The downloaded... more »

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Ordering cert copies - Certified Copy Center/Patent Center trending idea

When ordering a certified copy of an unpublished document through Certified Copy Center, we must upload Proof of Entitlement. When ordering by use of dsd@uspto.gov, we are not required to provide Proof of Entitlement. Is there a way to streamline the Certified Copy Center method so we do not have to upload Proof of Entitlement for every order? We are logged into myuspto every time, either through a registered practitioner... more »

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No way to delete uploaded ADS trending idea

One of our listserv members reports, A Filer uses "Uploaded ADS" and uploads the ADS and uploads all of the other documents for a new patent application. Filer then discovers there is a mistake in the ADS. Filer goes back to the front of the filing screens. Filer clicks to delete the ADS. Filer gets a warning: Removing this application data sheet will result in all previously entered bibliographic data being removed.... more »

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Signature block for 85B form overly restrictive

One of our listserv members reports, the signature block for the 85B form wrongly tells the filer that the filer must provide the filer's name between the virgules of the S-signature.

37 CFR § 1.4(d)(2)(i) says exactly what a virgule signature (the USPTO calls it an "S-signature") is supposed to look like. The Rule says that what the signer must type between the two virgules (the two "slashes") is at least one letter... more »

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View Receipt History improperly tied to IFW trending idea

One of our listserv members reports, the View Receipt History function of Patententer, which is clearly intended to try to replicate the "last 40 ack receipts" function of EFS-Web, fails at this because it has a guaranteed latency that is tied to the IFW latency.

The Patentcenter developers have said from the beginning that one design requirement for Patentcenter is to replicate each feature of EFS-Web (and each feature... more »

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View Receipt History visible only to actual filer

One of our listserv members reports, the View Receipt History function of Patententer, which is clearly intended to try to replicate the "last 40 ack receipts" function of EFS-Web, fails at this because it is visible only to the actual filer and not to others who are connected with the application.

The Patentcenter developers have said from the beginning that one design requirement for Patentcenter is to replicate each... more »

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Inconsistent signed-in status in different windows

One of our listserv members reports, it is commonplace for Patentcenter to be "signed in" in one browser window and yet another browser window showing a Patentcenter page will be "signed out." It is weird to have Patentcenter be so inconsistent about the "signed-in" status across two or more open browser windows in the exact same browser.

Because the problem is intermittent, one assumes that this is not merely some coding... more »

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User logged out early without notice

One of our listserv members reports that the "signed-in" status in Patentcenter disappears abruptly and without notice, long before the end of the usual 30-minute forced logout.

PAIR has two modes — "Public PAIR" and "Private PAIR". EFS-Web has two modes as well, a signed-in mode and a not-signed-in mode. So it is more or less to be expected that the USPTO developers of Patentcenter set it up so that there is a signed-in... more »

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Wrong words used to describe what to do to e-file something

One of our listserv members reports, wrong words used to describe what to do to e-file something. It says "file another patent application" when that link is really for doing lots of things in addition to or instead of filing another patent application. It says "new submission" when that link is really for filing a new patent application, not "submitting" something in a patent application. It says "existing submissions"... more »

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Give ack receipt a unique name

One of our listserv members says, "In EFS-Web each ack receipt gets a file name that is unique. Patentcenter always tries to give the same name (N417) to every ack receipt. What Patentcenter should do is give a unique name to each ack receipt. The source of uniqueness in the file name for the ack receipt could be the application number or the docket number or even the patentcenter submission number." This is Patentcenter... more »

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Abridged File Wrapper Option trending idea

In the Documents listing for an application, there are checkboxes to allow selection of individual documents for download. There is the option to select or deselect ALL checkboxes at once.

It would be a great feature to add to have additional buttons that would allow the user to select checkboxes for all documents except NPL, or perhaps all documents except NPL, search listings, and other generally non-interesting documents.... more »

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Supplemental Content - Filing/Load Date Missing Data trending idea

The supplemental content tab has a column header for "Filing/Load Date" for documents that are accessible via that tab, but the column is blank and there is no data. If it is necessary to resort to such documents to resolve a priority issue later, there is no data that the Applicant can point to that confirms the date of submission for a particular document.

This seems relatively easy to fix. I believe PAIR's version... more »

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