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App Search Disparity b/t Patent Center and Private PAIR trending idea

I endeavored to make the same application search inquiry on Patent Center and Private PAIR.  The search is routinely performed to check for recent status updates, including Office Actions which have been counted but not yet mailed.  Unfortunately, though the search inquiry entered was the same, the results yielded on both platforms were not.  The Private PAIR search return was clearly more thorough in that the results... more »

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Manage Customer Numbers

I don't understand why sponsored staff cannot add/remove attorneys/agents associated with the firm customer number.  You don't need to be an attorney/agent to have a customer number so why do you have to be one to remove/add them.  I am a Director and the fact that I have to ask those underneath me to make the changes because I'm not a registered attorney/agent is insulting.  The gentlemen I spoke with at the EBC said... more »

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PatentCenter vs ePCT -- contrasting design philosophies

Two things happened in the last 48 hours that come together.

First, I wanted to look at old bugs/requests.  I recall looking at a LONG list of issues in summer or fall 2020.  They're gone now.

Second, last week, the following conversation occurred on one of the email lists.   A attorney (indicated "user 1" via '>') had made an error, and the PTO's software hadn't caught it. Then the PTO's humans were so attached to... more »

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In Patent Center, nomenclature "application" vs "submission"

The nomenclature throughout PatentCenter is wrong and therefore confusing. The words "application" and "submission" are used by humans with two very specific and consistent definitions. Patent Center goofs it up. To humans (especially lawyers):

* An "application" is the thing that starts with filing a new application, has a serial number of the form xx/xxx,xxx, and persists for some years through multiple office actions,... more »

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Pre-Select document type based on filename

Some document types appear to automatically be pre-selected, for example an IDS. Others are not. It would be helpful if we could encode the document type in the filename. For example, recognize that documents which include the string "FRNREF" are foreign references. I can easily rename a large number of files on my side in a second. Selecting every reference and changing its type for "foreign reference" takes much longer.... more »

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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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Save user defaults - such as default search field

Kudos to the Patent Center team for adding attorney docket number to the drop down as a search option on the home page. This is a welcome change! Thank you. It would be nice, though, if a user could save their default configuration such as their choice for that search field. For instance, if my searches in the home-page search field are almost always attorney-docket-number based, then it would be great if I could save... more »

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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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Behind the scene processing of drawings

What is the "processing" of drawings which goes on behind the scenes which results in portions missing or being blacked out? It doesn't seem to be identical to the "processing" which occurs when using EFSWeb, as the same drawings filed in both systems appear in the file wrapper differently. Whatever processing Patent Center uses seems to distort the drawings even worse than EFSWeb. Is there any process we can use pre-filing... more »

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Document Identifiers/Descriptions in File Wrapper Downloads

I would suggest the document descriptions be easier to read/understand on the EAR and in the file wrapper history. They are too long and difficult to read through, to find what you need. I think they should be more like the document descriptions in PAIR. Here's an example:

Patent Center = 21888_14242669_12-13-2017_ISSUE.NTF

Private PAIR = 2017-12-13 Issue Notification

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Document Types for Hague Applications need updating

Just handled my first prosecution action in the US as a Hague designated state for a design application. In submitting documents, we found that the document types that you can assign to uploaded documents in Patent Center in such applications are very restricted, and do not include amendments, specification, claim, IDS, NPL, etc.

In EFS, these options are all available. Moreover, these are the sorts of documents that... more »

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Make Workbench - Correspondence Useful/Functional/Not Garbage

The correspondence tab in the Workbench is an utter failure at providing accurate date and cannot be trusted at all. For example, I just asked it to show me all correspondence for 12-22-2020 through 01-20-2021 and it showed me 28 mailings (for 16 total different applications/dates). In reviewing the email address at our firm that receives eOffice Actions, I found that during that same time frame, our firm received *125*... more »

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