Patent Center Beta Release

Patent Center Beta Release

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Step Backward ... Embedded Fonts are Back ?!

Not sure why there has been a reversion to not allowing for embedded fonts in PDF documents. 🙄 Patent Center was working like a charm previously and allowed for the uploading of PDF documents that EFS-Web did not. The extra work required to make PDF documents image based when converting them from a word processing program is cumbersome and time consuming. Please eliminate the embedded font issue... more »

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Add attorney docket number to search field on Patent Center Home

The "Search for a patent application" field on the Patent Center home page should be revised to include attorney docket number as one of the options for searching. PAIR allows for searching by attorney docket number, and it is very common for a practitioner to search by attorney docket number. Thanks.

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Unified submission and payment receipt needed

In EFS, a payment "receipt" is generated by merely setting up a payment, while the fact of payment is reflected on the same receipt as the submission itself. In PatentCenter, the submission receipt does not reflect the payment. While the payment receipt is generated after the actual payment, rather than before, and contains data making it clear the payment was submitted, it is at the very least confusing to look at... more »

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Menu Bar labels on submission screen

The menu bar labels on the submission screen are confusing. "New Submission" is used for an initial submission to start a proceeding (including an application), while "Existing Submission" is used for a follow-on submission in an existing proceeding. But a new follow-on submission is still a new submission so that can be confusing, while "existing submission" sounds like a saved submission to be edited or filed. Why... more »

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Include a Tab or Dropdown to Set Preferences

It would be very helpful to be able to set preferences for viewing and other tasks both in Workbench and other modules of Patent Center and have these saved with our profiles so they are remembered each time we log in. For example, for Workbench it would be great to be able to set the following preferences: number of items per page (instead of always defaulting to ten), the order they are presented (i.e., which column... more »

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I can't believe this made it out of Alpha testing

I am in the middle of my first submission using PatentCenter instead of EFS-Web. It is a disaster. What were the Alpha testers doing that they allowed this to get to the Beta stage. 1. As part of our internal QC process, we have paralegals who check the submissions after they are uploaded and saved. Part of that process includes checking that document parts have been correctly labelled. And that requires being able... more »

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Customer Number Selection Consistency Between Workbench Modules

By default, all customer numbers are chosen when going between modules in Workbench (i.e., Saved Submissions, Applications, and Correspondence). Instead, I suggest that once a customer number set (or single customer number) is selected in one module, that the same selection applies to the other two modules. For example, if I choose customer #12345 alone in the Applications module, then Saved Submissions and Correspondence... more »

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Improve Document Type Selection for Drag-and-Drop File Upload

The drag and drop document upload feature is great as well as the automatic document type recognition. However, the current manual document type selection feature can be slow and cumbersome. For example, when loading a large under of IDS support documents such as foreign patents and non-patent literature it can take a long time to individually select their document type. To solve this problem, there should be some way... more »

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"File another patent application"

The button that says "File another patent application" (and other prompts like that throughout Patent Center) should instead prompt the user to process another submission. Most of our submissions via EFS (and now Patent Center) are not applications but are rather documents related to existing applications. So the prompt to file another "patent application" is not correct. That was an error in EFS. It would be great... more »

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Next and Previous Record Navigation Please

When using the Workbench to search for applications by specific criteria, it would be awesome to have the ability to move from one record to the next by clicking a button from the Application Data screen or even every screen of information. The buttons could appear near the top next to the Global Dossier button. A bonus would be to include the ability to jump to a specific record by entering a number between 1 and the... more »

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Inventor Name Display Consistency

Please ensure consistency in the way inventor names are displayed. In several records some inventor names are displayed as First Middle Last while others are listed as Last, First Middle.

 

The variation can cause inadvertent errors that cost the applicant to fix.

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Enter Starts Search

Currently in Patent Center you must actively click the search icon to get started. It would be awesome if users could enter their search term then launch the search by hitting the Enter key.

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