Leveraging Text (DOCX)

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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Patent Center Beta Release

Often need to refresh after logging in trending idea

Often in response to a user properly logging in to Patent Center, Patent Center returns its home page in a non-logged-in state.  Each time that happens, it is then necessary for the user to refresh the page to force Patent Center to return its home page in a logged-in state.  It would be great if the developer could fix this glitch.  Thanks.

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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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Patent Center Beta Release

Permalinks to applications - should avoid returning blank screen trending idea

Patent Center conveniently uses a standard URL format for patent applications.  The URL structure is https://patentcenter.uspto.gov/#!/applications/XXXXXXXX, where XXXXXXXX is the application number.  That URL points to the application-data page of the specified application.  This permalink can be really useful.  

Unfortunately, however, if a user attempts to use that link structure to access an application number for... more »

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Leveraging Text (DOCX)

Drawings trending idea

The DOCX website claims drawings can be filed via docx, however every time I have tried to file drawings at the end of a docx, they always get labeled as part of the abstract. The document processing should get worried if an abstract is more than 1 page anyway, but how do you get drawings recognized?

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Web-based forms render into IFW in color and gray scale trending idea

Patentcenter does not preserve the computer-readable characters entered by the filer. Instead, and I am not making this up, Patentcenter flattens the characters into images which go into IFW. When Patentcenter flattens the character into images, it does it in gray scale! This ensures that when the flattened image gets loaded into IFW, it will get halftoned, and thus will get blurred. This makes it more likely that the... more »

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IdeaScale should not always require 2-factor authentication trending idea

It would be great if IdeaScale could prompt the user to allow it to remember a user's personal computer or browser, to avoid the need to input 2-factor authentication every time IdeaScale is accessed.  Or better yet, don't timeout the user's login at all on a trusted computer.  As the IdeaScale system is a platform for all interested persons to share ideas, there is no need for heightened account security.

The 2-FA setting... more »

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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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RE: Online training sessions and Webex downloads

When people sign up for training sessions,  they are only informed about the need to download Webex For Meetings just before the meeting starts, at the same time they get the meeting link.

Then, it takes multiple attempts to download the app, and the meeting has already started!

 

It would be great if at the time they register for an online training class,  if you could send them an email advising them of the need... more »

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Leveraging Text (DOCX)

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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