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Please modernize the fillable PDF forms so they are compatible iPhones, iPads, etc. It is fairly common to use these devices to review and sign forms. Attempting to sign USPTO fillable PDF forms on an iPhone typically ends up with corrupt and unusable forms.
Now that the new Financial Manager stores credit card information, why not allow pre-authorized payment of fees from a stored credit card in the same way you pre-authorize payment (underpayment, extension fees, etc.) from a deposit account? Essentially, what I am suggesting is have the stored credit card perform the equivalent function of the deposit account. Like the deposit account, this would be an opt-in request. ...more »
The USPTO should publish and grant patents with the drawings in color. This would certainly promote the spirit of 35 USC 113. Other patent offices, such as Korea, accept and publish color drawings.
In order to help improve patent quality it would be helpful if the USPTO could provide a pre-publication or "proof" copy of the patent or the final claims before the patent issues and allow the applicant to check it via PAIR and submit corrections via EFS. Since this procedure might delay issuance (i.e. to allow time for response and corrections), it could be an optional opt. in procedure.
Most of the internal pre-examination procedures are opaque outside of the USPTO. It would be very help to have, in writing, on the USPTO website the exact internal procedures used to evaluate whether a Power of Attorney form, drawings, application data sheet, etc. are compliant. This would help reduce errors and ultimately reduce USPTO staff work load.
Drawings currently submitted under EFS that don't have a monochromatic palette (i.e. pure black and pure white) end up getting a grayscale screen that distorts the drawing. This problem has been discussed many times on Carl Oppedahl's EFS mailing list. I suggest two things (1) an option to convert drawings submitted as black and white line drawings to pure black and white (i.e. no grayscale overlay), and (2) have a ...more »