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Substitute spec and preliminary amendment as DOCX trending idea

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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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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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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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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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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Shorten the Electronic Fee Transmittal to 1 page for printing

After completing any filing in EFS that requires a fee payment, we print the Electronic Fee Transmittal receipt page for our bookkeeping. Unfortunately it includes a lot of white space and inapplicable blank items so that it always runs to 2 pages. It would save paper etc. if it would fit on 1 page, which seems achievable by omitting excess white space from the Title of the Invention field, blank lines, inapplicable blank... more »

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User logged out early without notice

One of our listserv members reports that the "signed-in" status in Patentcenter disappears abruptly and without notice, long before the end of the usual 30-minute forced logout.

PAIR has two modes — "Public PAIR" and "Private PAIR". EFS-Web has two modes as well, a signed-in mode and a not-signed-in mode. So it is more or less to be expected that the USPTO developers of Patentcenter set it up so that there is a signed-in... more »

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No way to delete uploaded ADS trending idea

One of our listserv members reports, A Filer uses "Uploaded ADS" and uploads the ADS and uploads all of the other documents for a new patent application. Filer then discovers there is a mistake in the ADS. Filer goes back to the front of the filing screens. Filer clicks to delete the ADS. Filer gets a warning: Removing this application data sheet will result in all previously entered bibliographic data being removed.... more »

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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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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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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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