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Fix IDS form to accept six and five-digit patents

For many years, the Information Disclosure form does not allow the addition of U.S. patent numbers less than 1,000,000.

Any attempt to add a number in the U.S. patent section with six digits or less brings up the following popup: "Invalid Patent Number format. Patent numbers can be up to 13 charates, with the first two being alpha numeric. EXAMPLE: 99,999,999; 9999999."

Trying to fool the form by adding a leading... more »

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Opt-Out for Original Patent Grant

Allow applicants to opt-out of receiving an original patent grant as many do not wish to store the original documents. Although they are nicely presented, entities with large portfolios find little value in the original ribbon document.

Allowing those who do not wish to receive an original is a cost and environment saver. Law firms won't be asked to store thousands of original patent grants, or need to mail these documents... more »

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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that data mining is a concern of the Office, however, the Customer Number practice was intended to help avoid access to unpublished applications...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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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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Improived Notification to File Corrected Application Papers

Currently the form for the Notification to File Corrected Application Papers includes lots of check boxes but little room to enter free-form text. I have spoke to USPTO employees who have said (rightly or wrongly) that they are not permitted to provide free-form text and are instructed only to check boxes on the form.

Often, the information conveyed in the checked box is so broad as to be useless and much time is spent... more »

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Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront - Next Record and More

Please add a quick link or button to access the next record in the Patent Maintenance Fees Storefront when you perform a bulk look-up. Currently the user has to use the breadcrumb link to return to the Lookup Results before selecting another item. It would be more efficient to simply move forward and backward to the next record. It would be additionally helpful to have the option to:

1) Jump to a specific record;... more »

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Allow for Recordation Against both PCT and National Phase Record

ePAS currently does not allow for the recordation of title documents against both the PCT and National Phase records. Users are informed that the application has already been added if either the PCT number or US national number is entered and the user attempts to enter the other.

We understand that the National Phase is not a new application, however, there exits separate records for both stages of examination. This... more »

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Bulk Look-up for Maintenance Fees

Practitioners are often tasked with reviewing maintenance fee history. The data returned by the Office when looking up multiple records (max of 10 currently) is a great resource since it can be exported to Excel.

Being able to upload data to make payments is helpful as well, however, it would be optimal to also be able to upload bulk data for the purpose of verifying past and future maintenance fee information. Helpful... more »

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Eliminate conflicting language in Notice to File Miss Parts

Although it is generally accepted that if you are filing a response to a Notice to File Missing Parts or Notice to File Corrected Application Papers via EFS that you do not need to submit a return copy, the Notice actually contains conflicting instructions (see attached screenshot). The standard language of the Notices should be updated to definitively state that if you are filing a response via EFS that no return copy... more »

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Allow Setting up Patent Docket on My.USPTO.gov with Customer #

The Trademark Docket allows search by Attorney but the Patent Docket requires a listing of each application number for monitoring.

 

It would be very useful to be able to add to your Patent Docket by Customer Number. It is also logical, since you are logged into My.USPTO.gov and thus it is easy to provide the Customer Numbers associated with your log-in.

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Eliminate Petition for Technical Corrections to Priority Claims

While the US and other countries are moving toward transmission of these documents electronically, it would be nice to allow applicants to correct formalities in their priority claim that have been preventing the electronic retrieval of priority documents. Since there is a waiver in the rules for when the priority document must be supplied when it is available electronically, the Office should allow applicants to fix... more »

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