Welcome to our community.

We invite you to join the conversation to help improve Patent Center.

Announcement
USPTO IdeaScale has moved to a more secure platform as of 4/18/21. There are some impacts to our IdeaScale participants:

  • Users will have to change their passwords on the new site when logging in for the first time.
  • This community now uses 2 factor authorization. When you login, you will be asked to enter a code that was emailed to you.
  • This eCommerce community will be at a new URL(https://uspto-emod.ideascalegov.com/), but a redirect will be in place for 6 months so that you have time to update your bookmarks.

Thanks for your understanding.

This eMod IdeaScale is designed to be a forum for public suggestions and discussions to drive the improvements to Patent Center and the electronic patent application process. As we continue to develop the Patent Center application filing and viewing system, we are looking to you for feedback so that we can better fit your needs

In this community, you can submit ideas, add comments to ideas, and vote for the ideas you think are the most important.

Although we will not respond to every idea, all ideas will be regularly reviewed and considered.

To ensure a productive discussion, those who elect to participate agree to post only ideas or comments directly related to Patent Center. Those who elect to participate agree to refrain from submitting ideas or comments that promote services or products (not including non-commercial links that are relevant to this Web site); and to refrain from including private phone numbers, email addresses, or postal addresses or embedding other media (not including hyperlinks to other media).

More information can be found at https://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/patent-center. If you have any questions for the eMod Team, please contact us at emod@uspto.gov.

We look forward to hearing your feedback!

Leveraging Text (DOCX)

Dependent claim incorrectly identified as independent claim

I just submitted an application today with 3/20 independent/total claims; when uploaded, Patent Center flagged it as having 4/20 independent/total claims.  It then filled out the fees due according to this claim count.  The culprit was claim 3, which recited:

3. The apparatus of either claim 1, wherein the.... (substantive material omitted since not public; underlining was added for this post).

The claim had started... more »

Voting

0 votes
0 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Patent Center Beta Release

IdeaScale should not always require 2-factor authentication

It would be great if IdeaScale could prompt the user to allow it to remember a user's personal computer or browser, to avoid the need to input 2-factor authentication every time IdeaScale is accessed.  Or better yet, don't timeout the user's login at all on a trusted computer.  As the IdeaScale system is a platform for all interested persons to share ideas, there is no need for heightened account security.

The 2-FA setting... more »

Voting

0 votes
0 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Leveraging Text (DOCX)

No idea is an idea

For your services as I am (I'm-identity) is disregarded with litigation hierarchical is to automation connectors are nodes intelligently, gratefully haste full toward me watching a slow wait for an application to tether will come one day regard. 

 

Please disregard and I hope this doesn't regard to leveraging text, I hope to not be remanded from the platform. 

 

Thank you for your services and wire. 

 

Chris Spradling... more »

Voting

-1 votes
0 up votes
1 down votes
Active

Patent Center Beta Release

New Application Filing trending idea

When filing a new application the information (title, inventor, type of application, file number) does not show up at the type of the screen until the very end.  This isn't helpful as you can fix a typo or if you have accidentally picked the wrong type of application until you get to the very end and then you have to start the application all over.

Voting

5 votes
5 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Patent Center Beta Release

App Search Disparity b/t Patent Center and Private PAIR

I endeavored to make the same application search inquiry on Patent Center and Private PAIR.  The search is routinely performed to check for recent status updates, including Office Actions which have been counted but not yet mailed.  Unfortunately, though the search inquiry entered was the same, the results yielded on both platforms were not.  The Private PAIR search return was clearly more thorough in that the results... more »

Voting

4 votes
4 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Patent Center Beta Release

Manage Customer Numbers trending idea

I don't understand why sponsored staff cannot add/remove attorneys/agents associated with the firm customer number.  You don't need to be an attorney/agent to have a customer number so why do you have to be one to remove/add them.  I am a Director and the fact that I have to ask those underneath me to make the changes because I'm not a registered attorney/agent is insulting.  The gentlemen I spoke with at the EBC said... more »

Voting

-1 votes
1 up votes
2 down votes
Active

Leveraging Text (DOCX)

Example document with best practices trending idea

Provide an example documents with examples of best practices.  For example I use the following fields to generate the paragraph numbering [SEQ paragraph \# "0000" \* MERGEFORMAT].   I think this formatting is being rejected by the USPTO.  Our paralegal often removes stylesheets and field codes to in order to ensure that documents will be uploaded.  Please provide example stylesheets that you know work.

Voting

2 votes
2 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Patent Center Beta Release

PatentCenter vs ePCT -- contrasting design philosophies

Two things happened in the last 48 hours that come together.

First, I wanted to look at old bugs/requests.  I recall looking at a LONG list of issues in summer or fall 2020.  They're gone now.

Second, last week, the following conversation occurred on one of the email lists.   A attorney (indicated "user 1" via '>') had made an error, and the PTO's software hadn't caught it. Then the PTO's humans were so attached to... more »

Voting

3 votes
3 up votes
0 down votes
Active

Leveraging Text (DOCX)

Treat DOCX as "authoritative" -- bad idea made worse trending idea

The PTO's proposal of June 2 (86 Fed. Reg. 29571) to treat a DOCX as "defintive" doesn't solve the problem; it makes it worse. It proceeds from a misunderstanding of technology, and a misdiagnosis of the problem.

The DOCX format is not designed to provide the portability, uniformity, or interoperability that is essential to legal documents. As many letters to the PTO have explained (see, for example, https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Comment_Seventy_Three_Patent_Practitioners_092719.pdf... more »

Voting

11 votes
12 up votes
1 down votes
Active