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2021 USPTO Basic Patent Training Certification trending idea

Dear Sirs, Module 2, Question 2 - very confusing, especially for foreign fillers, as a person cannot understand, what happens to the foreign application in case of the missed deadline for the same invention or the extention for the registration for the invention with the improvements (screenshot attached).

Module 2, Question 3 -  also confusing.  Why the correct answer is "A and B"?  Why the person would loose foreign... more »

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Sign In Multiple Times

I sign into my USPTO.gov account, then click the Patent Drop Down and click on Patent Center. Once there, I do not have "Existing Submissions" available and when I look in the upper right, my name is not there. It still says Sign In. It seems that when you open patent center in a new tab, the sign in does not transfer.

Also the same when I open the link from the emailed receipt -- I can already be logged in and then... more »

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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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Document Identifiers/Descriptions in File Wrapper Downloads

I would suggest the document descriptions be easier to read/understand on the EAR and in the file wrapper history. They are too long and difficult to read through, to find what you need. I think they should be more like the document descriptions in PAIR. Here's an example:

Patent Center = 21888_14242669_12-13-2017_ISSUE.NTF

Private PAIR = 2017-12-13 Issue Notification

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Web-based Form 85B fails to auto-load into USPTO system

The Web-based Form 85B fails to auto-load into USPTO system for front page of issued patent.

Patentcenter does not preserve the computer-readable characters entered by the filer. This means those characters never have any opportunity to auto-load into USPTO's systems. Instead, and I am not making this up, Patentcenter flattens the characters into images which go into IFW. What happens next is that human beings at the... more »

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"outgoing correspondence" filter problem

One of our listserv members reports:

The default "outgoing correspondence" filter is three days since imaging, but quite often the USPTO clerks take four days after imaging a document to mail it. This means that users will very predictably not be told about some eleven percent of their outgoing correspondence.

The designers of Patentcenter got it seriously wrong when they picked the default setting for the display of... more »

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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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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 »

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Collapse Financial Manager Notices

Users must access Financial Manager to add new personnel to their stored payment methods. When a user first logs into Financial Manager, they should have an opportunity to collapse various notifications so that toggling between payment methods eliminates the substantial space taken up by the notifications.
To better confirm users have reviewed the data, the option to collapse could appear after initial login. For example,... more »

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Moving side menu bar in EFS-Web/PAIR

The side menu bar, for me, takes up screen real estate that seems so unnecessary. I feel that having those shortcuts are important to have,I certainly use them all the time, but I think that maybe they can just be combined with the top menu (Home, Patents, Trademarks etc,) that is already there. Some of the shortcuts are already there anyway and it's a little redundant. I think it they could just add the few other... more »

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DOCX Patent Application gets loaded as a reference

One of our listserv members reports: The patent application that I just e-filed in DOCX form gets loaded into the "non-patent literature" section of "display references". The impression that one gets is that the Examiner could cite our own patent application against us to prove that our patent application lacks novelty. See article. This is EBC ticket number 1-718687424.

This is Patentcenter trouble ticket CP43 in the... more »

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