The current Information Disclosure Statement (IDS) form does not accept older five or six digit patent numbers. For example, 123456 or 12345. The older forms accepted this numbers with leading zeros. For example, 0123456. Please restore this functionality to the IDS forms.
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 .
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 »
I will sometimes have Comments on the Allowance, which have to be submitted with the Issue fee. Sometimes I have minor amendments to the Specification.
Right now, the only options I have for submissions with the Issue Fee are:
* Amendment After Notice of Allowance
* Oath and Declaration
* Request for Simultaneous Issuance
You should at a minimum add:
* Transmittal Letter
Currently the practitioner a person is working under in EFS-Web is not automatically the practitioner they are working under when moving to Private PAIR. What is the purpose of not keeping these the same as is the current process when using a PKI to login?
The "Automated Interview Request (AIR)" form requires mandatory acceptance of "a copy of this communication will be made of record in the application file" AND a listing of the user's email address. Uh... no. Posting email addresses by making them "of record" means that these email addresses can be automatically harvested or (worse yet) manually harvested for spam purposes. The end result is to basically render ...more »
Others have suggested levels of access such as view only or edit. I supposed this is similar or just a particular implementation of that concept. Allow sponsors to select, when sponsoring another individual, if they are sponsored for Private PAIR access, EFS-Web access, or both. This way, someone who for example is sponsored for Private PAIR access only would not be able to e-file, but would only be able to view and ...more »
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 »
EFS-Web, PAIR, and now My.USPTO.gov are often down starting at midnight Eastern time. More than 2/3 of patent activity comes from timezones that are further West, including California.
Please move outage times to after midnight Pacific time.
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.
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.
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?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »