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 .

(@ahershkovitz)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Payment for Electronic Filing

When paying PTO fees, we have to re-enter the credit card info, address, etc., separately for each filing. Why not enable registered filers to save the credit card info under a login name and password so that multiple filings could be paid for without repeated entries of personal info.

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(@dphipps)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Authorization for Email Communication

Allow registered practitioners that are associated with a customer number (CN) used as the correspondence address (CA) to authorize communications with the Office via email pursuant to MPEP 502.03 upon filing via EFS-Web. Although the MPEP indicates that authorization is from the applicant, the CN practice allows for practitioners associated with the CN used for the CA to access unpublished applications. These practitioners... more »

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(@patriciacostanzo)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Utility Model Patent

Modernize the USPTO and its electronic offerings by offering easily electronically filed and received applications for a utility model patent. Some examiner input would be required, but the process could result in grants in 2 - 3 weeks and be vitally important for the growth of our economy.

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(@alanflum)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Improve Handling of Drawings

Drawings currently submitted under EFS that don't have a monochromatic palette (i.e. pure black and pure white) end up getting a grayscale screen that distorts the drawing. This problem has been discussed many times on Carl Oppedahl's EFS mailing list. I suggest two things (1) an option to convert drawings submitted as black and white line drawings to pure black and white (i.e. no grayscale overlay), and (2) have a... more »

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(@jmiller448)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Corrections during filing of applications

Currently, if you discover that you have made a typo or checked a wrong box in the first part of a new application filing, there seems to be no way to go back and fix it without losing all of your uploads. You should be able to edit and fix these things easily at least prior to actual submission.

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57 votes
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(@jmiller448)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Assignments/Power of Attorney/3.73 statements

There has to be a better way to deal with this post AIA. A POA now requires an application number on the POA or the transmittal. This means you have to do a separate filing for the POA after you obtain the application number. If there is enough other identifying information, you should be able to attend to preparation of ALL of the paperwork in advance and then just do the filing without having this complex sequence... more »

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(@karic0)

Modernization of EFS-Web

USPTO Review of Notice of Allowance and Inventor Declarations

Recently, when the USPTO issues a Notice of Allowance, it also generally requires the applicant to submit an inventor declaration. Often, the processing branch does not go back and look at the file to determine whether such a declaration has already been submitted. This has happened in several cases recently in which we submitted the declarations. We have had such requirements for the declaration lifted by contacting... more »

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(@trsarathi)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Why tons of forms for USPTO? Lets use the power of HTML/JS.

Remove the process-pain please. No forms need to be attached/uploaded. Instead of so many USPTO forms, there should be just a web page with each current form being an expandable/collapsible field in the web page. Merge all forms in to one live user-fillabler web page for the registered e-filers. All it needs is a good Java Script based web form. Such web form would have a left pane (for example) which lists all the... more »

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(@jmiller448)

Modernization of EFS-Web

ADS form improvement

Preparing an ADS is simply a pain. Even worse is preparation of an ADS with corrections. It would be easier if there was some way to either correct or modify an ADS from EFS or at least provide a way to use underline and strikethrough on the ADS fillable form.

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64 votes
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(@bburke)

Modernization of EFS-Web

Special Characters on USPTO Forms

It would be great of USPTO forms were more friendly to special characters since so much information for inventors and places outside the U.S. use them. Once upon a time, copying and pasting special characters into a form-fillable ADS, while accepting them, would cause horrendous errors on OFRs needing correction. It is better now, but it would still be nice to see the forms more accepting of these characters, perhaps... more »

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