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(@stanprotigal)

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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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(@judiths)

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Saving Assignment Templates

Allow us to save Assignment Templates at any stage of the Assignment process.

 

I have to go all the way to the end to save a template, which means it includes not only my data and the assignee data, but also the assignor data, which has to be edited (at a minimum the date the document was signed is unlikely to be the same.)

 

Allow us to save the template with just our data, as well as with our data & assignee data.

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Change 37 CFR 1.55(f) Requirement for Certified Copy

The rules specify at 37 CFR 1.55(f) the deadlines for filing a certified copy of the priority document. Failure to file a certified copy results in loss of priority benefits. Related rules specify requirements for a Petition to accept late filing of a certified copy of the priority document. There is no statutory requirement for a certified copy of the priority document. This is 2019!! Nobody, including patent examiners,... more »

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(@jmiller448)

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PTO web site improvement for frequent users

Practitioners and their assistants who used EFS, PAIR, Assignment recording, Maintenance fee payments, Fees, Forms, etc. frequently have to navigate clicking and scrolling through the PTO web site to get to the locations we need. How about a practitioner tab or shortcut that takes us straight to the most common links used by attorneys/agents/staff. Then we could make a single bookmark that takes us to Private PAIR,... more »

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(@jmiller448)

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Permit change of Fee Address without customer number

I have a few small clients that would prefer to handle maintenance fees on their own They would like to just change the fee address, but that is not possible without a customer number. So, the customer number should be much easier to get (online - instant - which it should be anyway) so I can easily handle that for them, or the PTO should permit post issuance communication address to be changed to an regular address... more »

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(@chad00)

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Facilitate Complete XML Data File Download for Customer Number

There needs to be a better way to get all XML data for all applications associated with a customer number. Currently outgoing correspondence xml data, customer number xml data, and app-specific xml data all have to be downloaded in order to get all relevant data for applications associated with a customer number. This data is used to auto-populate an on-the-fly docket program, whereby custom rules are applied to generate... more »

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(@mkitces)

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Allow submission of CAD files, such as SVG and DXF

Under this proposal, the submission of certain open-standard computer-aided design (CAD) files would be permitted. The permitted filetypes can be identified in advance, but the idea would be to allow an applicant to supplement the application with a computer file capable of generating 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional visualizations of the applicant's concepts. Submitted CAD files would not replace patent figures and... more »

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(@drhoads)

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eTerminal Disclaimer - list the patent disclaimed

I think when you get the automatic approval of an e-Terminal Disclaimer in EFS, that the approval receipt document should include the patent/application number(s) that were listed in the disclaimer. I think it would also be very helpful if the notice on the front of the patent indicating that the patent is subject to a disclaimer also listed the patents/application number(s) disclaimed.

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(@sarah.cross)

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Submission of Petition for Foreign Filing License

Currently the Petition for Foreign Filing License must be submitted via FAX. The petition and accompanying documents must be faxed to the appropriate office and, according to the people who process the petitions, the documents are not received in their mailbox until the following day. Follow up to make sure the fax was properly received is thereby delayed. The usual turn around time to receive the License is 2-3 business... more »

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Eliminate conflicting language in Notice to File Miss Parts

Although it is generally accepted that if you are filing a response to a Notice to File Missing Parts or Notice to File Corrected Application Papers via EFS that you do not need to submit a return copy, the Notice actually contains conflicting instructions (see attached screenshot). The standard language of the Notices should be updated to definitively state that if you are filing a response via EFS that no return copy... more »

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(@judiths)

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Enable Inactivation of Payment Methods in Financial Center

Please add the option to Disable a payment method from the Financial Center.

 

Right now the only way to remove a payment method is to delete it, which makes all past transaction records unavailable.

 

There should be an option to set a payment method to Inactive, either permanently or temporarily.

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