Right now, all NPL (and foreign) references are tagged only with "foreign reference" or "non-patent reference." This can be a pain when you have 20 NPLs and you need to download the one new one the Examiner is relying on. Ideally I would love a description (e.g. the author's name for any NPL, and the patent number for any foreign reference.) But if we can't have that, I'd like the items cited (or even better relied ...more »
Currently we can download the PDF documents for all references cited in a patent or patent application. Most documents appear multiple times. It would be incredibly useful to be able to download an XML or CSV document including citations for all references, including an indication that it has been considered. This would make verifying that everything has been correctly cited much easier. If you want to make it even ...more »
Currently, whenever the Examiner cites references, you have to manually hand-key them into an IDS form for submission in other cases. As the form we see in PAIR is obviously auto-generated, or at least all info contained therein is stored separately - see as proof the 'Download References' functionality - give us the option to download e.g. XML data for all references cited that can be imported directly into an IDS. ...more »
Enable applicants to identify related applications for purposes of IDS considerations. By simply checking a box, Examiners would then have the IDS submissions in related cases presented for their consideration and initialing without requiring applicants to complete duplicate IDS forms.
We should be able to just enter all text based information using screen fillable forms. This would include (i) bibliographic (ADS) information, (ii) all IDS 1449s, (iii) the text of applications (title, inventor, government contract, priority, background, summary, brief figures, detailed description, claims, and abstract) using screen fillable forms, (iv) responses to missing parts, (v) response to restriction, (vi) ...more »
The eMod team is looking into ways to improve the submission of Information Disclosure Statements (IDS). Would the option to submit an IDS via a Word format, instead of the current PDF format, be useful?