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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

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

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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Sequence Listing on Receipt but on Walkabout for 3 Weeks

We filed an application that included a 3K sequence listing (SQL) text file on August 5, 2020. The N417 electronic acknowledgement receipt lists the SQL file as a submitted document and provides a hash/message digest for it. On August 18, 2020, we received a Notice to Comply With Requirements For Patent Applications Containing Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequence Disclosures that indicated that the USPTO had *not* received... more »

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Sign In Multiple Times

I sign into my USPTO.gov account, then click the Patent Drop Down and click on Patent Center. Once there, I do not have "Existing Submissions" available and when I look in the upper right, my name is not there. It still says Sign In. It seems that when you open patent center in a new tab, the sign in does not transfer.

Also the same when I open the link from the emailed receipt -- I can already be logged in and then... more »

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application details/Examiner name

We usually like to copy and paste the applicant info from Patent Center into our documents as to avoid typos. If you are signed in to PC you can't copy the examiner name. It does a pop up instead with their name (which is appreciated) but we should still be able to copy the text. However, we noticed if you are NOT signed in to PC the popup doesn't work but you can select the examiner name on public applications. Is there... more »

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View Receipt History is broken

The addition of the "View Receipt History" feature to the Workbench recently was a nice addition, but it is broken. It seems to only show receipts for *new* application filings (the inaptly named "new submissions") and does not list receipts for submissions in existing applications (the inaptly named "existing submissions"). While having receipt information for new application filings is certainly useful, that information... more »

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Submissions for matters that are not on your customer number(s)

The ability to submit documents in an application that is not associated with a customer number that you are associated with is broken, at least with respect to uploads by sponsored staff. We went to file a change of power of attorney today, and my secretary successfully uploaded it under my sponsorship. It gave her a warning that the application was not associated with any of my customer numbers, but let her upload and... more »

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Managing Customer Numbers

Managing Customer Numbers is a function of administrative staff in law firms. The new requirement to have the practitioner sign the change is impractical because partners do not want to be bothered with these administrative tasks. They prefer to instruct their administrators to make the change and the changes to then be completed.

There is no current requirement for practitioner signature in Private PAIR. The existing... more »

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PatentCenter should have shareable address books

One of our listserv members writes: Address books should be sharable among Patentcenter users, using the "access rights" mechanism of Feature Request FR37. This is of course a well-known and frequently used feature in ePCT.

This is Feature Request FR38 from the PatentCenter listserv Feature Request page at https://patentcenter-tickets.oppedahl.com/patentcenter-feature-requests/.

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Patent Center should have an Address Book

One of our listserv members writes: The process of populating an Application Data Sheet should be helped by provision of an Address Book. To see this look at the Address Book that WIPO provided in PCT-SAFE more than fifteen years ago. The idea is that the filer can populate his or her address book. Once the address book is successfully populated with information that is known to be correct, then the filer can with a mouse... more »

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