Patent Center Beta Release

Patent Center Beta Release

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Patent Center Beta Release

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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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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Patent Center Beta Release

List Applicant for AIA Applications

Currently the Applicant is not consistently listed for AIA applications in Patent Center. It would also be helpful to have the inventors listed when they have by default become the Applicant. Listing inventors when an assignee-applicant should be listed will help practitioners see when correction is needed.

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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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Patent Center Beta Release

Patent Center is Slower than Private PAIR

Please look into the speed issue with Patent Center. For the past few weeks Patent Center has been performing much slower than Private PAIR (when PAIR is operating).

 

Users will be slow to accept and adopt Patent Center if users do not see improvement with speed and access.

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Patent Center Beta Release

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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"Attorney Docket #" missing from fee-payment process

Patent Center seems to not be associating the attorney docket number of a submission with a fee payment for that submission. When going from Patent Center to the fee payment page, the fee payment confirmation shows an "Attorney Docket #" column, but it's empty. This results in accounting problems for the practitioner, where the practitioner cannot readily tell from deposit account payment records what attorney docket... more »

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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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Getting back to correspondence list from an application record

When reviewing an application record reached from a filtered Outgoing Correspondence list, there does not appear to be any way to go back to the filtered correspondence list. The browser "Back" function will take you back to the default list, but then you have to apply the filter again (and wait). Private PAIR has a tab/button for returning to the correspondence list. Please add such a button to Patent Center.

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Patent Center Beta Release

Patent Term Adjustment Data

Provide users with the ability to download a print-out of the entire Patent Term Adjustment calculation. The default appears to be a return of 10 line items with the ability to move through the calculation by page. When you use the print icon, the header takes up almost the entire first page. The remaining items are not pulled into the print job. It would be great to have two things resolved: 1) adjust the format... more »

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Patent Center Beta Release

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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Patent Center Beta Release

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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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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