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!

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Allow for Multiple Transfers of Property in Single EPAS Session

When recording an assignment, it would be helpful to be able to list several transfers in a single submission. For example, if I have a case where I want to record the assignment from the inventors to company A, then Company A to Company B, it would be nice to do that in a single recordation, instead of two separate recordations. It could operate similar to the way you are able to record the transfer of multiple patents/applications ...more »

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Don't show "Patented Case" status until issuance

First time here; apologies if this has been asked and I overlooked it in my search. Today Private PAIR gave me a mild heart attack. I was checking the status of a pending application prior to filing a continuation. On the Application Data screen, I saw a "Status" of "Patented Case" (see screenshot, red arrow). Oops! Turns out the Issue Notification has been mailed, but the patent has not, in fact, been issued (see ...more »

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Make References Cited by the Examiner available in Soft Copy

When an Examiner cites references, we only receive that list in a PDF.

 

Please make the list of cited references available a soft copy form, such as CSV, XML, or Doc.

 

This would improve our ability to consistently cross-cite, and also our ability to confirm that the patent numbers cited are accurate.

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STOP logging people out of EFS-Web

Today I was logged out of EFS-Web with no warning for timing out after approximately 15 minutes. Nominally, it takes at least 30 minutes of no activity for a log-out. But I have received the log-out warning or been logged out for no activity WHILE I was uploading documents. The PTO's explanation notes: "Note that a logout will automatically occur when your session times out based on the defined user timeout value." ...more »

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Provide notification of Deposit Account Use

Send an email notification every time the deposit account is used.

 

You have an email address associated with the account.

 

Please send an email, indicating the serial number, attorney reference number, and what was charged and for what. Ideally, it would also include the remaining deposit account balance.

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Simplify Assignment Filing via PAIR

PAIR has a tab to show what assignments have been filed. It would be nice if we could enter the Assignment system from PAIR, and the Assignment system could pull the relevant data from PAIR. The relevant data should for example include the Applicant or current Assignee (as assignee) and the inventors (as assignors). The only thing that would need to be done is indicating it's an assignment, indicating the dates on ...more »

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Cross-IDS Matters Automatically

We often file two or more related cases. One of the most frustrating parts of prosecution is having to keep up with cross-filing references between related applications.

 

But the Patent Office has both data sets available. It would be amazing if we could simply indicate that two cases are related enough for cross-referencing, without having to file the references, and sometimes office actions and responses.

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Search for Application - Make "Sticky" / Remember Selection

When searching for applications in PAIR, it would be nice if the search page stayed on the last selected option when no search results are returned. Specifically, when in Private Pair (and perhaps Public PAIR), the default selection under the Search for Application section is by "Application Number". If you select any of the other six options, and if your search returns zero hits, the page reverts back to the "Application ...more »

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Digital Certified Copies via Download

The USPTO should provide the option of a digital certified copy that is just a file that can be downloaded, rather than forced to be delivered on a CD. there are many reasons why someone may want a digital certified copy of a patent/application. As an example that we face often, some countries (at least Taiwan) do not currently have a way to electronically obtain certified copies of patent applications from the USPTO. ...more »

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