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Patent Center conceals PTO employee title

One of our listserv members reports: the Examiner lookup for an application needs to stop concealing the parenthetical title of the Examiner, and needs to stop making it impossible to copy the telephone number and other information from the pop-up screen.

When the Office of Patent Application Processing (OPAP) decides to release a patent application to the Examining Corps, what does not happen next is the Examining Corps... more »

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PatentCenter validation of AIA/14 non-inventor applicant field

One of our listserv members says: Patentcenter should check to see whether the filer failed to check at least one "excuse" box in the non-inventor applicant section of the computer-readable Form PTO/AIA/14.

When a filer uploads Form PTO/AIA/14 (Application Data Sheet), Patentcenter should carry out validations. As mentioned in other submissions, Patentcenter should validate priority claims against DAS.

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"Sort by patent number" in the workbench does not work correctly

One of our listserv members reports: Sorting applications in the workbench by patent number does not work correctly.

The coders who designed the Patentcenter workbench made a mistake in the "sort by patent number" function. The way I encountered this mistake by the Patentcenter coders is that I had hoped to generate a list of the most recent three issued US utility patents that we obtained in our work for a particular... more »

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Returning to Search Result List

Is there a way to return to the original search list after viewing individual results from the list? For example, a search parameter returns a list of 10 applications. I click on the first application on the list to view the application details, but I cannot return to the original search list to review the other 9 applications, without having to re-enter the search parameters again. Please provide a way to return to the... 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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Patent Term Adjustment

It would be an awesome add to have PTA days as a data point to return in application searching through the Workbench. PTA days are associated with patent expiration projects. Therefore, having the data as an option when reviewing groups of applications can be beneficial and minimize the number of application records that need to be physically opened for review.💡

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Ordering cert copies - Certified Copy Center/Patent Center

When ordering a certified copy of an unpublished document through Certified Copy Center, we must upload Proof of Entitlement. When ordering by use of dsd@uspto.gov, we are not required to provide Proof of Entitlement. Is there a way to streamline the Certified Copy Center method so we do not have to upload Proof of Entitlement for every order? We are logged into myuspto every time, either through a registered practitioner... more »

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Web ADS, Inventor section: "Save as new inventor" button

In the Web ADS Inventors section for new submissions, there is an "Edit new inventor" dialog box that allows an existing inventor to be edited. I recommend adding a "Save as new inventor" button to this dialog box, which will facilitate entry of additional inventors who share some or all of the Name, Residence, and Mailing address info as an already entered inventor.

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Downsized View a bit "glitchy" - When I minimize my browser window to half screen, or anything less than full screen, the Application view is quirky and not fully functional. The left navigation menu with "Application Data", "Documents & Transactions," etc. disappears and is no longer accessible. At the bottom, left-right scroll is not available to scroll the entire window. And within the Application Data screen, when... more »

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Inventor names improperly jammed together

The "Application Data" tab in Patentcenter lists the inventor names, each on a separate line. This tab also has a "print" icon that can be used to generate a PDF file with the information from the Application Data tab. The PDF file is named "Bibliographic Data - Application - Patent Center - USPTO". The bug is that when Patentcenter generates the PDF file, it runs two of the inventor names together in the same line. So... more »

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