In a previous blog article I discussed the front-page attorney docket number search in Patentcenter. I pointed out that in the legacy system (PAIR) it was possible to check a box to enter a partial docket number to get one or more matches. In that previous blog article I noted the conspicuous absence of a corresponding check box in Patentcenter’s front-page attorney docket number search. I am indebted to alert reader Marc V Richards for somehow figuring out that there is an undocumented feature that sort of makes up for the absence of that check box. It turns out that you can do wildcard searches. Continue reading “front-page attorney docket search in Patentcenter has an undocumented feature”
CP12 has not been fixed
(Update: an alert reader has discovered an undocumented feature of Patentcenter that takes a step in the direction of fixing trouble ticket CP12. See blog article.)
The USPTO people are probably going to say that in the March 17, 2023 version of Patentcenter, they think they have fixed trouble ticket CP12. But they have not fixed trouble ticket CP12. Continue reading “CP12 has not been fixed”
Are you in one of these 13 countries?
Are you in one of these 13 countries?
- Eurasian Patent Organization (yes I realize this is not a country)
- Iran (Islamic Republic of)
- New Zealand
- Republic of Korea
If so, can you please let me know whether your DAS Depositing Office charges a fee for a DAS access code? Please see this page where I am trying to collect all of the answers that kind readers have provided.
The upcoming meeting with USPTO about Patentcenter redux
It will be recalled that the Patentcenter listserv has secured an hour-long meeting with USPTO’s Chief Information Officer, Jamie Holcombe, on Thursday, March 23. This will run from 11AM to noon Eastern Time. I reported this to you in a blog article dated February 7, 2023. There are two developments about this. Continue reading “The upcoming meeting with USPTO about Patentcenter redux”
DAS Depositing Offices that charge fees
I have consolidated the information about fees charged by DAS Depositing Offices here.
March 17 version of Patentcenter breaks things that worked in previous version
The March 17 version of Patentcenter was clearly not tested before release. It breaks many things that worked properly in the pre-March 17 version. This has given rise to at least ten new trouble tickets in the Patentcenter Trouble Ticket page. Continue reading “March 17 version of Patentcenter breaks things that worked in previous version”
Recorded ePCT webinars are now available for viewing
Hello readers. Some will recall that I am now three lectures into a sixteen-lecture series of webinars about ePCT. I am pleased to report that I was successful in recording each of those first three webinars. The recordings are now available for viewing! Continue reading “Recorded ePCT webinars are now available for viewing”
Pixel waste in content-free icons in the “modernized look and feel” Patentcenter
Today the USPTO rolled out its “modernized look and feel” version of Patentcenter. It contains lots of new content-free “icons” that take up valuable screen space, wasting pixels and forcing users to scroll further down to reach what they need. Continue reading “Pixel waste in content-free icons in the “modernized look and feel” Patentcenter”
A boundary-value programming mistake in Patentcenter
One of the easiest things to get wrong, for some programmers in some programming languages, are “boundary values”. Here we see a classic example of a boundary-value mistake by the developers of Patentcenter. Continue reading “A boundary-value programming mistake in Patentcenter”
USPTO corrupts credit card expiration dates in FM
Hello folks. Here is a warning that I saw today in a USPTO system when I was paying a government fee in Financial Manager:
Credit/Debit Card Expiration Dates
Due to a recent system upgrade, some card expiration dates may have been converted to an incorrect month for cards stored within Financial Manager. …
Try to guess, dear reader, what the next few words were. For example, maybe the next few words explained that the USPTO was working to restore the expiration dates to their correct values, but that this might take a day or two, and they apologize for the inconvenience. Continue reading “USPTO corrupts credit card expiration dates in FM”