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Erroneous Notification - Patents Maintenance Fees Storefront

Update the description relating to patent expiration to include an "or" statement that a patent may have reached the end of the term.

Example:
Continuing application has an effective filing date of February 1, 1993
Patent issues on January 5, 2003
20 year term ends February 1, 2013 (providing there is no TD to shorten, or PTA to extend term)
11.5 year fee would be due July 5, 2014

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Securing USPTO online access

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The Office's decision to eliminate the ability to review Public PAIR data while logged into Private PAIR is a huge step in the wrong direction. What you are essentially asking users to do is to have two versions of PAIR open in order to do their daily duties. I understand that data mining is a concern of the Office, however, the Customer Number practice was intended to help avoid access to unpublished applications... more »

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RE: Online training sessions and Webex downloads

When people sign up for training sessions,  they are only informed about the need to download Webex For Meetings just before the meeting starts, at the same time they get the meeting link.

Then, it takes multiple attempts to download the app, and the meeting has already started!

 

It would be great if at the time they register for an online training class,  if you could send them an email advising them of the need... more »

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Facilitate Complete XML Data File Download for Customer Number

There needs to be a better way to get all XML data for all applications associated with a customer number. Currently outgoing correspondence xml data, customer number xml data, and app-specific xml data all have to be downloaded in order to get all relevant data for applications associated with a customer number. This data is used to auto-populate an on-the-fly docket program, whereby custom rules are applied to generate... more »

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IDS Reference Date

The SB 08 A to be submitted to the PTO requested that the full month day and year be referenced next to each reference submitted. However when receiving references in an OA from the examiner, only the month and year are referenced. Very time consuming to have to look up each of those references just to find the day of the date to submit the SB 08 A.

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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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Customer Number Controls -- Addition/Deletion Notifications

It has recently come to our attention that there is at least one customer number out there to which attorneys have been added that are not actually affiliated with the entity that added them to the customer number. For those of us affiliated with multiple customer numbers, this is disturbing. If we accidentally associate an application with this "Phishing Customer number" others could get access to customer-confidential... more »

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