Patentcenter should validate the “non-inventor applicant” excuse field

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When a filer uploads Form PTO/AIA/14 (Application Data Sheet), Patentcenter should carry out validations.  As mentioned here, Patentcenter should validate priority claims against DAS.  This blog article points out that Patentcenter should validate the “non-inventor applicant” excuse field.

This is Feature Request FR23.  

When a filer is identifying a non-inventor applicant, it is not enough merely to name the non-inventor applicant.  The filer must also state the excuse for this.  The filer might state for example that the inventor or inventors are “obligated to assign” the invention to the would-be non-inventor applicant.  Or the filer might state that the non-inventor applicant is the assignee.  In rare fact patterns one might state that the would-be non-inventor applicant is a “person who shows sufficient proprietary interest”.  

But what is all too easy is for the filer to forget to check any of these boxes.  If the filer forgets to check at least one of these boxes, then the ADS will fail at its purpose, so far as the establishment of a non-inventor applicant is concerned.  What will then follow, as described here, is a miserable cascade of unhappy consequences, and it will take weeks if not months to fix the problems.  

This is the sort of thing that computers are supposed to be good at.  When the filer uploads a computer-readable Form PTO/AIA/14 to Patentcenter, what should happen next is:

  • Patentcenter should look to see whether the filer is trying to establish a non-inventor applicant, and, if the answer is “yes”, then
  • Patentcenter should look to see whether the filer failed to check at least one of the “excuse” boxes, and if the answer is “yes”, then
  • Patentcenter should display a warning.

This is Feature Request FR23.  

 

2 thoughts on “Patentcenter should validate the “non-inventor applicant” excuse field

  1. Hi, I was hoping to only get Patent Center posts in a daily digest because I am not intending to move to Patent Center until it is out of beta. Big thanks to all of you who are working on it! But I am missing non-PC posts because I am getting so many PC posts. I get the daily digest but I also get the daily posts. Is there else something I need to do?

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