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New Application Filing

When filing a new application the information (title, inventor, type of application, file number) does not show up at the type of the screen until the very end.  This isn't helpful as you can fix a typo or if you have accidentally picked the wrong type of application until you get to the very end and then you have to start the application all over.

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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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Example document with best practices

Provide an example documents with examples of best practices.  For example I use the following fields to generate the paragraph numbering [SEQ paragraph \# "0000" \* MERGEFORMAT].   I think this formatting is being rejected by the USPTO.  Our paralegal often removes stylesheets and field codes to in order to ensure that documents will be uploaded.  Please provide example stylesheets that you know work.

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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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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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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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Substitute spec and preliminary amendment as DOCX

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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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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