Patentcenter Feature Requests

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  1. FR1 – April 30, 2020 – CO – If you are on a page for a particular application, provide a deep link to e-file a paper in that particular application (see article)  July 1, 2020 meeting update.  We are told this is “on the list” for eventual implementation.    This is Ideascale idea number 527.
  2. FR2 – April 30, 2020 – CO – If you have just filed a paper in a particular application, provide a deep link to the documents for that application (see article) July 1, 2020 meeting update.  We are told this is “on the list” for eventual implementation.    This is Ideascale idea number 528.
  3. FR3 – April 30, 2020 – CO – user-friendly click-list for cases with recent status changes, just like PAIR (see article).    This is Ideascale idea number 529.
  4. FR4 – April 30, 2020 – CO – last 40 ack receipts (see article).    This is Ideascale idea number 383.
  5. FR5 – April 30, 2020 – CO – search by attorney docket number needs to be just as easy as it is in Private PAIR.    This is Ideascale idea number 501.
  6. FR6 – May 1, 2020 – RB – last 40 payment receipts.    This is Ideascale idea number 530.
  7. FR7 – January 26, 2019 – CO – Incoming correspondence notification.  You could optionally set it up so that you are informed if any  new document has been added to your application.  This might be done on a “per customer number” basis.  (see article).    This is Ideascale idea number 532.
  8. FR8 – May 2, 2020 – CO – Patentcenter needs to be “restful”.  This is Ideascale idea number 533.
  9. FR9 – May 2, 2020 – CO – Please provide permalinks in Patentcenter.  (see article).    This is Ideascale idea number 535.
  10. FR10 – May 3, 2020 – KK – Way to set default order of applications in home list (most recent changes first vs. numerical order).    This is Ideascale idea number 536.
  11. FR11 – May 3, 2020 – KK – Way to set default number of applications per page.    This is Ideascale idea number 537.
  12. FR12 – May 3, 2020 – KK – Way to set which customer number’s applications are displayed by default.    This is Ideascale idea number 538.
  13. FR13 – May 3, 2020 – KK – Archive feature (as in ePCT).    This is Ideascale idea number 540.
  14. FR14 – May 3, 2020 – KK – Fewer conversion problems would be created if uploaded DOCX document were first converted to PDF and then split into sections.    This is Ideascale idea number 541.
  15. FR15 – May 3, 2020 – KK – Option to input any customer number (including ones not associated with filer/filer’s firm) as Fee Address in web-based Form 85B.    This is Ideascale idea number 542.
  16. FR16 – May 4, 2020 – RB – Priority document notification and/or more broadly notification of USPTO change to a filewrapper. This might be accomplished on a “per customer number” or a “per application” basis.    Added as a comment to Ideascale idea number 532.
  17. FR17 – May 4, 2020 – RB – If you are on a page for a particular application, provide a link to the USPTO Electronic Patent Assignment System.    This is Ideascale idea number 543.
  18. FR18 – May 6, 2020 – RB – Application Bibliographic Data needs a link to order a certified copy of the application and an additional link to order a certified copy of the file wrapper.  This is Ideascale idea number 544.
  19. FR19 – May 11, 2020 – CO – the “update application address” function of Private PAIR is missing from Patentcenter.  See article.  This is Ideascale idea number 545.
  20. FR20.  July 6, 2020.  CO — Patentcenter should validate a would-be priority claim against DAS when possible.  See article.  This is Ideascale idea number 555.
  21. FR21.  July 6, 2020.  CO — Patentcenter should display, in the priority tab, the results of the cross-check against DAS.  It needs to show the smiley face or the puzzled face or the frowny face. See article.  This is Ideascale idea number 558.
  22. FR22.  July 6, 2020.  CO — Patentcenter should display, in the priority tab, the results of the retrieval attempt from DAS.  If the retrieval from DAS worked, it needs to say so, along with the date that it happened and whether or not that date satisfies the 4-and-16 date.  If the retrieval from DAS failed, it needs to say so.  See article.  This is Ideascale idea number 559.
  23. FR23.  July 6, 2020.  CO — Patentcenter should check to see whether the filer failed to check at least one “excuse” box in the non-inventor applicant section of the computer-readable Form PTO/AIA/14.  See article.
  24. FR24.  July 6, 2020.  CO — Patentcenter should check an uploaded ADS for a signature.  See article.
  25. FR25.  July 6, 2020.  CO — get rid of or correct or improve the “boy who cried wolf” nag message about paying fees.  See article.
  26. FR26.  July 7, 2020.  On the Application Data tab, Patentcenter should display a “yes” or “no” as to whether the application is “special”.  See article.
  27. FR27.  July 7, 2020.  On the Application Data tab, Patentcenter should display a “yes” or “no” as to whether the application is on Track I.  See article.
  28. FR28.  July 7, 2020.  On the Application Data tab, Patentcenter should display a “yes” or “no” as to whether the application is being “advanced out of turn for examination” pursuant to 37 CFR § 1.496.    See article.
  29. FR29. July 7, 2020.  On the Application Data tab, Patentcenter should display a “yes” or “no” as to whether the application has “Accelerated Exam” status.   See article.
  30. FR30. July 7, 2020.  On the Application Data tab, Patentcenter should display a “yes” or “no” as to whether the application is in the Collaborative Search Pilot program.   See article.
  31. FR31.  July 7, 2020.  On the Application Data tab, Patentcenter should display a “yes” or “no” as to whether the application is in the Expedited Exam program.   See article.
  32. FR32.  July 7, 2020.  On the Application Data tab, Patentcenter should display a “yes” or “no” as to whether the application is in the First Full Action Interview Pilot program.    See article.
  33. FR33.  July 8, 2020.  In Patentcenter, provide a link to “patent forms”.  There is a link to “trademark forms” but oddly no link to “patent forms”.
  34. FR34.  July 8, 2020.  CO.  The existing method of providing access to paralegals is too coarse.  It is “all or nothing”, all applications to which the attorney has access or no applications.  The granting of access rights needs to be sophisticated as in ePCT, so that rights can be given as to selected applications.
  35. FR35.  July 8, 2020.  CO.  The granting of access rights needs to have permission levels, as in ePCT.  One level should be like the ePCT “eViewer” where the person who has received the rights can “look but not touch”.  Then there can be a higher level like the ePCT “eEditor” where the person who has received the rights has the ability not only to see the application but can also take actions regarding the application.
  36. FR36.  July 8, 2020.  CO.  The granting of access rights by one registered practitioner to other registered practitioners is presently mediated using the awkward “customer number” system.  The “customer number” system is being twisted too many ways to try to do too many things.  It ought to be possible to grant access rights as in ePCT, with access granted to some other registered practitioner as to selected applications.
  37. FR37.  July 8, 2020.  CO.  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 click simply drag and drop names into the Application Data Sheet.  This eliminates errors that otherwise inevitably creep in if a filer is forced to construct every name entry field by field from blank values in the present workflow.  In fact as a general suggestion the Patentcenter developers should have followed the suggestions of the alpha testers who repeatedly suggested in autumn of 2018 that the developers look at the feature sets of PCT-SAFE and ePCT.
  38. FR38.  July 8, 2020.  CO.  Address books should be sharable among Patentcenter users, using the “access rights” mechanism of Feature Request FR37.  This is of course a well-known and frequently used feature in ePCT.