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PatentCenter vs ePCT -- contrasting design philosophies trending idea

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" trending idea

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 trending idea

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 trending idea

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 trending idea

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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Attorney Docket # - Multiple Changes at Once

When clients move from firm to firm, their portfolios get assigned different Attorney Docket #s. Firms leveraging technology may find incorrect Attorney Docket #s to be hurdles to completing tasks.

It is awesome to be able to update an Attorney Docket # through Patent Center and Private PAIR when the practitioner's customer number is the Correspondence Address, however, this is currently done one at a time. It would... more »

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Save Preferences when Customizing Columns

When in the View Correspondence area of the Workbench, you can click the ellipsis to get a Customize Columns pop-up. One of the columns you can add is "Viewed By," which we like to view in order to track what needs to be reviewed daily. However, after clicking on an application number and returning to View Correspondence, it does not save the setting - you have to click on the ellipsis again and check off the appropriate... more »

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Login Ineffective

We are finding more and more that there is a glitch that results in logins being ineffective, i.e., the login is not rejected, but Patent Center acts like it didn't happen. Specifically, the user is not shown the Workbench or any other non-public interfaces--even after they log in. It seems like it usually happens after a successful login and later logout--the non-public interfaces are shown for the initial log in, and... more »

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