Patent Center Beta Release

Passing docket numbers through to deposit account statements

When a fee is paid through Financial Manager from EFS, our docket number appears on our Deposit Account statement, making it easy to reconcile charges. But when a fee is paid through Financial Manager from PatentCenter, the docket number does not pass through to the Deposit Account statement. That makes no sense as Financial Manager is being used in either case. In any event, this needs to be fixed.

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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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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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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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"Attorney Docket #" missing from fee-payment process

Patent Center seems to not be associating the attorney docket number of a submission with a fee payment for that submission. When going from Patent Center to the fee payment page, the fee payment confirmation shows an "Attorney Docket #" column, but it's empty. This results in accounting problems for the practitioner, where the practitioner cannot readily tell from deposit account payment records what attorney docket... more »

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"File another patent application"

The button that says "File another patent application" (and other prompts like that throughout Patent Center) should instead prompt the user to process another submission. Most of our submissions via EFS (and now Patent Center) are not applications but are rather documents related to existing applications. So the prompt to file another "patent application" is not correct. That was an error in EFS. It would be great... more »

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Step Backward ... Embedded Fonts are Back ?!

Not sure why there has been a reversion to not allowing for embedded fonts in PDF documents. 🙄

Patent Center was working like a charm previously and allowed for the uploading of PDF documents that EFS-Web did not. The extra work required to make PDF documents image based when converting them from a word processing program is cumbersome and time consuming.

Please eliminate the embedded font issue... more »

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Viewable ADS in a filing

We are submitting a new application and we uploaded the USPTO ADS form into Patent Center. Out of all the documents you load for a new application the ADS is one of the most important documents to view before submitting, but you are not able to view it. You must download all documents to be able to see the ADS as it was loaded. This is a bit cumbersome. We have our paralegals load the documents to Patent Center and then... more »

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