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Solution to Error Messages?

I tried filing a 371 application in Patent Center a couple days ago. I received the following error messages trying to file just this one application. I tried everything, switching browsers (Chrome and Edge), starting over, cancelling submission. I was only able to successfully upload my ADS once. Once I got the ADS uploaded and moved to the next page, I encountered more upload error messages. I ended up back in EFS-Web.... more »

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PDF Preview Needs Work trending idea

In EFS, when you click on an uploaded document, it would bring it up in a separate window or tab of the default browser using whatever PDF plugin you had.  In Patent Center, it instead brings it up in a pop-up that overlays part of the submission webpage.  The old way was better for at least the following reasons:

a)  You can only bring up one document at a time in the new system, forcing the user to wait for each document... more »

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Improve Document Type Selection for Drag-and-Drop File Upload

The drag and drop document upload feature is great as well as the automatic document type recognition. However, the current manual document type selection feature can be slow and cumbersome. For example, when loading a large under of IDS support documents such as foreign patents and non-patent literature it can take a long time to individually select their document type.

To solve this problem, there should be some way... more »

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Set default sort order of applications

One of our listserv members requests: PatentCenter should have a way to set a default sort order of applications in the workbench home list (e.g., most recent changes first vs. numerical order). Although the user can sort the application list as they want, there's no way to preserve that preferred sort order, so it has to be set every time.

This is Patentcenter Feature Request FR10 in the PatentCenter Feature Request... more »

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Submissions for matters that are not on your customer number(s)

The ability to submit documents in an application that is not associated with a customer number that you are associated with is broken, at least with respect to uploads by sponsored staff. We went to file a change of power of attorney today, and my secretary successfully uploaded it under my sponsorship. It gave her a warning that the application was not associated with any of my customer numbers, but let her upload and... more »

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Wrong words used to describe what to do to e-file something

One of our listserv members reports, wrong words used to describe what to do to e-file something. It says "file another patent application" when that link is really for doing lots of things in addition to or instead of filing another patent application. It says "new submission" when that link is really for filing a new patent application, not "submitting" something in a patent application. It says "existing submissions"... more »

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Web-based forms render into IFW in color and gray scale

Patentcenter does not preserve the computer-readable characters entered by the filer. Instead, and I am not making this up, Patentcenter flattens the characters into images which go into IFW. When Patentcenter flattens the character into images, it does it in gray scale! This ensures that when the flattened image gets loaded into IFW, it will get halftoned, and thus will get blurred. This makes it more likely that the... more »

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View Receipt History visible only to actual filer

One of our listserv members reports, the View Receipt History function of Patententer, which is clearly intended to try to replicate the "last 40 ack receipts" function of EFS-Web, fails at this because it is visible only to the actual filer and not to others who are connected with the application.

The Patentcenter developers have said from the beginning that one design requirement for Patentcenter is to replicate each... more »

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Tracking Examiner Action

The transaction history is a great place to get an idea of what is going on with an application, however, it would be awesome to have a real-time status option for where an Amendment or Response is on the Examiner's docket. Similar to the ability to download documents from the IFW in various formats, include an option to view the status of the Amendment or Response. Status could be as simple as:

1) Docketed - Action... more »

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Drag-and-Drop Bug - Random Reordering of Files

The drag-and-drop feature is a big time-saver, but there appears to be a bug that detracts from some of the ease-of-use. Specifically, the files that are dropped are not listed in the order they were in in the source folder. For example, if you drag documents from a source folder that are alphabetically listed, that order is not preserved in the uploaded documents. However, if you use the Browse... button to go to that... more »

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Document descriptions buggy when bulk uploading trending idea

Patent Center submissions are limited to 100 documents which can be drag/dropped in.  While the uploading part is more convenient than the one-by-one upload process in EFS Web, in the end it's not worth it because each document is imported without a Document Description.  Attempting to populate the empty Document Description Field for each document will start off fine, but will quickly become buggy beyond use.  In particular,... more »

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Workbench / Correspondence / PDF

When downloading correspondence from Private PAIR the combined PDF file contains bookmarks in the format

"customerno applicationnumber date typeofdocument."

 

The equivalent bookmarks in PatentCenter only include date and type of document. That is unfortunate. The PAIR format allows us to parse a larger PDF file and separate it out into different files following our firm's naming convention. Adding the application... more »

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PatentCenter should display DAS retrieval results

One of our listserv members requests: Patentcenter should display, in the priority tab, the results of the retrieval attempt from DAS. If the retrieval from DAS worked, it needs to say so, along with the date that it happened and whether or not that date satisfies the 4-and-16 date. If the retrieval from DAS failed, it needs to say so. This is Feature Request FR22 from the PatentCenter listserv Feature Request pate at... more »

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