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 (@dphipps)

Moving Between Sponsors - USPTO.gov Login

Looks like users still need to Sign-off Authenticated Session in order to switch to a different practitioner when using their USPTO.gov account to login. It would be most efficient to have a way to select a new practitioner from the "Sign-off Authenticated Session" link instead of making people log back in to get the practitioner list. I realize this is a temporary solution, but users will be burdened with this until ...more »

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Submitted by (@stanprotigal)

Please remove capcha for known devices and known IP addresses.

Most users sign-in using known devices and often known IP addresses. Being forced to complete puzzles of "Identify images showing evidence of dogs having been on the sidewalk" is annoying and serves no useful purpose in the case of known devices.

 

This is particularly annoying when the user is quite aware of having previously selected the "This is a trusted device" tickbox.

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Submitted by (@judiths)

Automatically Save In Process Submissions if Timed Out

The Time-Out appears to happen sometimes unexpectedly. It's always frustrating when that happens. This is especially true if the timeout occurs while uploading something more complex like a patent application with references.

 

It would be a simple solution to have the system automatically save the in-progress upload, so we do not have to restart from scratch.

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Submitted by (@bernisava)

Complete package of info available

When I go to submit my patent application, I'm expecting all of the required forms will be part of the package so I don't get mail saying I forgot part of the patent when I do it myself. What they are asking for isn't always clear either. I spoke to a representative who said each one is different, but aren't the main necessities the same?

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Delay launch of new EFS login and provide Demo sandbox

The USPTO should not change the Java applet login without providing ample advance notice (1-2 months is insufficient) and without providing a clear description, working demo site, and pre-launch notifications for users to demo, analyze, develop new code, and alter workflows to adapt to the changes. Since the early 2000's when EFS was first launched, corporations and law firms have developed code to login, manage, and ...more »

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MY USPTO - Patent Docket Portfolio View

I love that we can add cases to the My USPTO page to monitor easily, but currently the only view for each portfolio is by the title of the application. I would love to see an option to chose what fields to be displayed in that section. For example as a personal preference, I would much rather prefer to see application number and attorney docket number rather than the title. Also I assume this will change eventually, ...more »

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Submitted by (@chrisw)

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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Submitted by (@alantaboada)

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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Submitted by (@alantaboada)

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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