Looks like PCT application records are using inventor street Addresses in the inventor Name field. This was discovered while reviewing recent filings.
Patent Center Beta Release
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 »
On the review before submission screen, documents do not seem to appear in any particular order. It would be great if it were possible to sort the documents by name (ascending or descending) or by document type.
It would be very helpful to be able to set preferences for viewing and other tasks both in Workbench and other modules of Patent Center and have these saved with our profiles so they are remembered each time we log in. For example, for Workbench it would be great to be able to set the following preferences: number of items per page (instead of always defaulting to ten), the order they are presented (i.e., which column... more »
Why does the outgoing correspondence viewable in the Workbench, and filtered using the same criteria, provide a different list of results than the same feature in Private PAIR?
The menu bar labels on the submission screen are confusing. "New Submission" is used for an initial submission to start a proceeding (including an application), while "Existing Submission" is used for a follow-on submission in an existing proceeding. But a new follow-on submission is still a new submission so that can be confusing, while "existing submission" sounds like a saved submission to be edited or filed. Why... more »
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 »
Practitioners often file documents in existing matters when the client moves their work from one practitioner to another. Therefore, a new Power of Attorney is usually filed to associate the application record with a new customer number. It is understood that the practitioner is not associated with the customer number of the prior counsel. Please eliminate the warning for follow-on filings to reduce the number of clicks... more »
Patent Center fee-payment options apparently do not include the appeal-forwarding fee. That's inconvenient and should be fixed.
Similar to the previously-reported issue for the deposit account payment process, the column for "Attorney Docket #" is also blank on the USPTO Monthly Statement for the patent practitioner's credit card.
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.
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 »
By default, all customer numbers are chosen when going between modules in Workbench (i.e., Saved Submissions, Applications, and Correspondence). Instead, I suggest that once a customer number set (or single customer number) is selected in one module, that the same selection applies to the other two modules. For example, if I choose customer #12345 alone in the Applications module, then Saved Submissions and Correspondence... more »
I am in the middle of my first submission using PatentCenter instead of EFS-Web. It is a disaster. What were the Alpha testers doing that they allowed this to get to the Beta stage. 1. As part of our internal QC process, we have paralegals who check the submissions after they are uploaded and saved. Part of that process includes checking that document parts have been correctly labelled. And that requires being able... more »
In my second filing experience, I have found that I am, after all, even though it did not work the first time, use type-ahead to find the part labels. The absence of a way to store a receipt for a saved submission is still an issue.