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Cool feature of Private PAIR January 28, 2010

Posted by Brian Schar in Patent prosecution, USPTO.

When filing a new application, sometimes one makes a typographical error in the attorney docket number, in one of the multiple places it has to go on the incoming documentation.  Of course, the one docket number that’s a typo is the one that gets picked to go into PAIR, per Murphy’s Law.  The odds of this happening increase substantially if you input the docket number incorrectly on the Application Data Sheet.

In the old days, you would have to file a Request for Corrected Filing Receipt in order to fix that error.  However, Private PAIR provides a quick and very easy way to change the attorney docket number of any case.  Under the Application Data tab in Private PAIR, the attorney docket number is shown, and next to it is a link simply identified as “Change”.  Click that, type in the correct docket number, click on the button next to that filed, and it’s fixed.  Kudos to the USPTO for making this chore simple and fast.


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