Modernization of PAIR

Submitted by (@judiths)

Allow tiered access to Private PAIR

With the new system of sponsorship, we can provide access to non-attorneys. However, the access remains all-or-nothing. Please provide at least two levels of access, owner and viewer, where a viewer can see and download data but cannot upload or edit it. Also, please provide such access this by Customer Number, so we can selectively give access to clients. This would allow us to provide access to clients, even if ...more »

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Submitted by (@chrisw)

Don't show "Patented Case" status until issuance

First time here; apologies if this has been asked and I overlooked it in my search. Today Private PAIR gave me a mild heart attack. I was checking the status of a pending application prior to filing a continuation. On the Application Data screen, I saw a "Status" of "Patented Case" (see screenshot, red arrow). Oops! Turns out the Issue Notification has been mailed, but the patent has not, in fact, been issued (see ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Submitted by (@judiths)

Simplify Assignment Filing via PAIR

PAIR has a tab to show what assignments have been filed. It would be nice if we could enter the Assignment system from PAIR, and the Assignment system could pull the relevant data from PAIR. The relevant data should for example include the Applicant or current Assignee (as assignee) and the inventors (as assignors). The only thing that would need to be done is indicating it's an assignment, indicating the dates on ...more »

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Submitted by (@judiths)

Include Description/Title in Listed References

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 »

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Submitted by (@judiths)

Make All References Cited Available as an XML or CSV Document

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 »

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Miscellaneous

Submitted by (@stanprotigal)

Match paragraph numbers in published appln to as-filed spec

It would be convenient for citation purposes if the paragraph numbers in the published application match those in the specification as-filed. My suggestion is that, so long as the numbering in the as-filed specification meets the USPTO publication guidelines, the original paragraph numbering should be retained in the published specification. The reason is that, while specification amendments are made to the as-filed ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Submitted by (@todd00)

Let attorneys subscribe to a PAIR calendar

It would be helpful if PTO due dates for a customer number could be downloaded or subscribed to as a calendar. Due dates for missing parts, office actions, issue fees would automatically populate a calendar, and attorneys could use a calendar app like Outlook or iCal or gCal to keep track of their due dates.

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Modernization of PAIR

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File wrapper synchronization using Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive

The USPTO should support file synchronization (e.g., Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive support). PDF documents in the image file wrapper should automatically synchronize to subscribed users' Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive folder. Authorized practitioners and applicants could subscribe to private folders, whereas published application documents could be made available in public folders. My experience is that applicants typically ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Submitted by (@ggroover)

PAIR XML tweaks

In PAIR, the ability to download XML data for a customer number is useful, but two suggestions: 1) Have an option to get data from all your customer numbers at once; and 2) include in the XML an indicator of current status. It already lets you filter on application status ('all', 'new', 'pending', 'issued', 'abandoned', 'other') - simply include this status tag in the download.

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Modernization of EFS-Web

Submitted by (@bburke)

Real-Time EFS-Web/PAIR Unavailability Screen

It would be nice if, when EFS and/or PAIR go down, the screen indicating the system is unavailable had real-time information such as the time it went down, the current time, and any updates regarding getting it back online (such as an ETA). I think it may be useful to know how long it has been down and the likelihood of when it may come back online in order to make a contingency plan (since the actual EFS web-contingency ...more »

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Submitted by (@ggroover)

Customized PAIR splash page

Reactions to the recent updates to the PAIR front page have been extremely mixed, but one thing is abundantly clear: people want different things to be immediately available on the PAIR splash page. I know some people who never search by docket number, only by application number; personally, the only search options I usually care about are correspondence and docket number. So why not make the splash page customizable, ...more »

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