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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 »

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Substitute spec and preliminary amendment as DOCX trending idea

When filing national phase entry applications we routinely file a substitute spec and a preliminary amendment. It appears the DOCX format would be most useful if we could file the substitute spec and the claims of the preliminary amendment in DOCX format. But apparently at least the claims, being part of an amendment, would have to still be filed in PDF format. Clarification and best practices around use of DOCX for national... more »

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Microsoft Word version saved filed documents/Converter

Have a Word doc saved version alternative to standard Adobe PDF. My computer had a virus which used the majority of common apps, browsers,software, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word doc, Firefox, chrome, etc stemming from my College (Stockton University) which caused a lot of issues on my application when I first filed still existing today and all uploaded documents prior to COVID-19. I would suggest so no one else has others... more »

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Template(s) would be helpful

It would seem helpful, to both the applicant and the Office, to have access to a .docx template that we can start from.

This could have acceptable fonts, type size, line spacing, margins, page numbering, correct headings and section breaks where required (such as for Claims, Abstract), suitable numbering for lines and paragraphs (if bold para. numbering in .docx will be a new requirement, currently optional per MPEP),... more »

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Need far more material on equations in .docx filing

It appears the only information on acceptable equation formats is in "Quick_Start_Guide_DOCX_Intake.docx", as an off-hand reference to "Unsupported OLE Objects", which states:
"(Supported OLE Objects include Visio.Drawing.11, Equation.DSMT4, ACD.ChemSketch.20, ChemDraw.Document.6.0, Equation.3)"

The one used with most versions of MS Word is "Equation.3". "Equation.3" had not been maintained for a number of years.... more »

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Identification of Intelligent Information Services reliance

Automation coupling with a Human subject matter requires a procedure identifying and verification of the connectivity between Intelligent Information Services and Human Interoperator Distributor. It is clear to see policy formation oversight has implemented strict procedures which enable "organizational" catalyst promoting aggressive disassembling of a targeted jurisdictional subject matter. This subject matter should... more »

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"This document contains multiple application parts" errors

In a trial ".docx" filing of a pair of patent applications, we received several instances of the above "This document contains multiple application parts" error, flagged as a fatal error, all for the Specification part. (The Claims and Abstract sections were apparently acceptable.) Needless to say, we eventually filed both of these .pdf.

None of these errors indicated what specifically triggered this error, so what... more »

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Keep paragraph numbers in issued patents

When applications are filed and published pre-grant, they have paragraph numbers, and those paragraph numbers are also used during prosecution to make any amendments to the specification When the patent issues, those paragraph numbers disappear and are replaced with column/line numbers. Wouldn't it be easier for the PTO and the reviewing public to have a consistent specification appearance by simply staying with the... more »

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