Returned: USPTO Patent Application Letter

I was surprised to get a second USPTO Patent Application Letter repeating the old formality problem again: a Non-provisional application had been filed instead of a Provisional. I had corrected that via written letter in July already. Now I get the same request for “clarification” again.

Fine, so I called them on Thursday. To my surprise was I the first caller in the line. The lady on the phone was able to find the cause very quickly. She said: “there are no text and images attached to the application” I had filed ” and the only way to fix that is to start over the online application process”.

I am 100% sure I attached two PDF documents to the application.

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2nd notice of incomplete nonprovisional application in my hands.

Well, it’s the USPTO, what can you do. The only thing that annoyed me was the fact that when I called for the first time in July the guy on the phone did not tell me the whole problem. He just told me to “submit a written status change request”.

Four months patent filing delay

The result of all this is that now my official filing (keeping fingers crossed) date is: October, 9th – that is almost four months after the original date.

The USPTO created a new web-filing platform EFS-Web. The author of this quote seems really excited about it:

Using EFS-Web, anyone with a Web-enabled computer can file patent applications and documents without downloading special software or changing document preparation tools and processes. EFS-Web utilizes standard Web-based screens and prompts to enable you to submit patent application documents in PDF format directly to the USPTO within minutes.

Well well, it is not that wonderful yet – minutes can easily become months.

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