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Fees included on Acknowledgment receipt trending idea

Similar to current EFS receipt, we would like to see the Patent Center receipt options to save/email receipt AFTER payment of any associated fees, and would like to see confirmation of fees paid on the actual receipt Currently, you have to submit your documents, save/email receipt, then pay fees and save a separate receipt.

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Passing docket numbers through to deposit account statements

When a fee is paid through Financial Manager from EFS, our docket number appears on our Deposit Account statement, making it easy to reconcile charges. But when a fee is paid through Financial Manager from PatentCenter, the docket number does not pass through to the Deposit Account statement. That makes no sense as Financial Manager is being used in either case. In any event, this needs to be fixed.

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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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"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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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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"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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Viewable ADS in a filing

We are submitting a new application and we uploaded the USPTO ADS form into Patent Center. Out of all the documents you load for a new application the ADS is one of the most important documents to view before submitting, but you are not able to view it. You must download all documents to be able to see the ADS as it was loaded. This is a bit cumbersome. We have our paralegals load the documents to Patent Center and then... more »

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Link to Apn in PC after submitting a filing / file history

It would be very helpful if once you are done submitting something in Patent Center that instead of going back to the Home screen and searching for the same case, you can click the application number (or whatever) and it will take you to that specific case in Patent Center. It is our procedures that once a filing is submitted we download an "as filed" version for our official internal file wrapper and make sure there... 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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Association of Customer Number to Patent Application

Patent Center is not associating the customer number to the application, making the application not viewable in PrivatePAIR. I filed a PCT application on Monday, May 4th. The attached filing Acknowledgement Receipt shows the Customer Number confirming that the number was correctly specified on the filed documents. The PCT Help Desk has confirmed that the Customer Number is listed on the documents, but the application... more »

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