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EFS-Web, PAIR, and now My.USPTO.gov are often down starting at midnight Eastern time. More than 2/3 of patent activity comes from timezones that are further West, including California.
Please move outage times to after midnight Pacific time.
With the new system of sponsorship, we can provide access to non-attorneys. However, the access remains all-or-nothing. Please provide at least two levels of access, owner and viewer, where a viewer can see and download data but cannot upload or edit it. Also, please provide such access this by Customer Number, so we can selectively give access to clients. This would allow us to provide access to clients, even if ...more »
The Time-Out appears to happen sometimes unexpectedly. It's always frustrating when that happens. This is especially true if the timeout occurs while uploading something more complex like a patent application with references.
It would be a simple solution to have the system automatically save the in-progress upload, so we do not have to restart from scratch.
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.
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 »
I love the e-filing of issue fees, and use it all the time.
However, it would be useful to have the Issue Fee document attached to the filing receipt, as you do for ePetitions, and the approval of e-Terminal Disclaimers.
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.
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 »
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.
Right now, all NPL (and foreign) references are tagged only with "foreign reference" or "non-patent reference." This can be a pain when you have 20 NPLs and you need to download the one new one the Examiner is relying on. Ideally I would love a description (e.g. the author's name for any NPL, and the patent number for any foreign reference.) But if we can't have that, I'd like the items cited (or even better relied ...more »
Right now, you can get your Deposit Account on a monthly basis by downloading the monthly statements.
There is no way to search transactions, or even download transactions over a longer period than one month. It would be very useful to be able to download all transactions for a longer time period than one month.
When we do a final review of documents uploaded, we sometimes discover errors. In order to fix those errors, we have to first delete the file (losing the document description, or document descriptions and page numbers for multi-part files), and then upload a new file, and adding the document description again.
It would be really useful to be able to replace the PDF file, while keeping all the other data in place.