eCommerce Modernization Project

This eMod IdeaScale is designed to be a forum for public suggestions and discussions to drive the improvements to the electronic patent application process. The eCommerce Modernization (eMod) Project will modernize USPTO’s application filing and viewing systems to better fit your needs.

You can contribute by sharing ideas, discussing through the comments sections, or voting on ideas. We regularly check through the ideas and comments, share them with the team, and will even post a few ideas of our own! Although we will not respond to every idea, all ideas will be reviewed and considered. eMod IdeaScale FAQs

More information about the project can be found at http://www.uspto.gov/patent/emod. If you have any questions for the eMod Team, please contact us at emod@uspto.gov.

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

(@dphipps)

Patent Center Beta Release

Tracking Examiner Action

The transaction history is a great place to get an idea of what is going on with an application, however, it would be awesome to have a real-time status option for where an Amendment or Response is on the Examiner's docket. Similar to the ability to download documents from the IFW in various formats, include an option to view the status of the Amendment or Response. Status could be as simple as: 1) Docketed - Action... more »

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(@dphipps)

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Financial Manager Notifications

Notifications relating to payment method status should only be sent to administrators. In large firms such as ours, we have many fee payers who need not be involved in managing payment methods. As such, any user who is not designated as an administrator should not receive administrative like communications. Deposit account status is not distributed to all users, only administrators. The same standard should be used... more »

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Patent Center Beta Release

PatentCenter can't accept an issue fee in a reissue application

I just tried to make an issue fee payment in a reissue application, but the list of document descriptions available is context sensitive and apparently in a reissue application, the "Issue Fee Payment" description is not available. I scrolled through everything and it was not there. I thought there might be an alternative description specific to reissue, but that was not there either.

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Patent Center Beta Release

Reviewed but unsubmitted submissions lost

Our workflow is that a paralegal uploads the documents to be submitted, the attorney reviews them, and if correct, instructs the paralegal to submit. What we are seeing is that, once the attorney reviews the uploaded documents, the paralegal then no longer has those documents in her Workbench, and cannot submit the reviewed documents. This seems like a bug. I hope it's not a "feature."

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PAIR to EFS link

How about a control on a PAIR record || Application Data tab that opens an EFS session with Existing application selected, Documents and fees selected, and the application number and confirmation number entered?

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MyUSPTO improvements: PAIR to patent docket; manage favorites

1) Most of the time I go directly to the files that I manage on Private Pair. It seems to me it would be faster if I could do that right from MyUSPTO. Perhaps one way to do so would be to have controls in Patent Docket for linking to associated files in PAIR, both at the individual level and in bulk. 2) It would be helpful to have controls to edit the Favorites list faster. As it stands, when you add a link, it goes to... 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

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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(@alanflum)

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Fix IDS form to accept six and five-digit patents

For many years, the Information Disclosure form does not allow the addition of U.S. patent numbers less than 1,000,000. Any attempt to add a number in the U.S. patent section with six digits or less brings up the following popup: "Invalid Patent Number format. Patent numbers can be up to 13 charates, with the first two being alpha numeric. EXAMPLE: 99,999,999; 9999999." Trying to fool the form by adding a leading... more »

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Opt-Out for Original Patent Grant

Allow applicants to opt-out of receiving an original patent grant as many do not wish to store the original documents. Although they are nicely presented, entities with large portfolios find little value in the original ribbon document. Allowing those who do not wish to receive an original is a cost and environment saver. Law firms won't be asked to store thousands of original patent grants, or need to mail these documents... more »

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Patent Center Beta Release

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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