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Patent Center Beta Release

Patent Center should have an Address Book trending idea

One of our listserv members writes: The process of populating an Application Data Sheet should be helped by provision of an Address Book. To see this look at the Address Book that WIPO provided in PCT-SAFE more than fifteen years ago. The idea is that the filer can populate his or her address book. Once the address book is successfully populated with information that is known to be correct, then the filer can with a mouse... more »

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Document descriptions buggy when bulk uploading trending idea

Patent Center submissions are limited to 100 documents which can be drag/dropped in.  While the uploading part is more convenient than the one-by-one upload process in EFS Web, in the end it's not worth it because each document is imported without a Document Description.  Attempting to populate the empty Document Description Field for each document will start off fine, but will quickly become buggy beyond use.  In particular,... more »

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part detection is sensitive to name of a style trending idea

Today I tried to upload a new application.  We were uploading the spec when we received the following error. "This document contains multiple application parts (specification, claims, and/or abstract). Please upload application parts separately."

The error went away when we changed the style called "Dan's claims" to "Dan's Spec style".

I am assuming that because the stylesheet had the word "claims" in it, the software... more »

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Retrieve and prefill data based on prior filed application trending idea

EFS has an option when filling a web-based ADS "To pre-fill the Inventor, Domestic Benefit/National Stage, and/or Foreign Priority Information based on previously filed patent application".  One then enters the prior application number and confirmation number and is given the option to choose data to pre-fill.

I am seeing no such option in Patent Center when filing a new application.  Is this option available somewhere... more »

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2021 USPTO Basic Patent Training Certification trending idea

Dear Sirs, Module 2, Question 2 - very confusing, especially for foreign fillers, as a person cannot understand, what happens to the foreign application in case of the missed deadline for the same invention or the extention for the registration for the invention with the improvements (screenshot attached).

Module 2, Question 3 -  also confusing.  Why the correct answer is "A and B"?  Why the person would loose foreign... 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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Submission does not show any bibliographic info trending idea

It is frequently the case that an upload in the workbench does not include ANY bibliographic information on any of the submission review screens for a submission until AFTER you hit the submit button.  Sorry--that's not technically correct.  It will tell you the Application Type.  But the fields for Application Serial Number, Docket Number, Filing Date, Status, First Named Inventor, and Customer Number will all be blank/empty.  ... more »

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Lists of expired inventions for renewal of registration trending idea

I have questions for you, if you don't mind me asking! Where can I find lists of inventions with expired dates for renewal? Can I modify them and reregister under my name from Russia for now? Where do I find a free patent evaluator? I have taken the USPTO course https://www.uspto.gov/video/cbt/certpck/index.htm and I have written to the free patent evaluator office@patentyogi.com, but I haven't heard from them in regard... more »

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