In a large American HQed company I worked, based on an engineering work my manager and I did, the company filed a US Patent Application at the USPTO on March 2013. I am the first named inventor in the application. My manager is also listed as an inventor. As per company policy, we assigned the invention to our company, who then filed the utility patent application through a law firm specializing in patent applications. I quit the company in June 2014 to pursue a PhD in a university (present status).
We learnt through the US Public Pair Portal that the application has been successful, and all that is left is to issue the patent. The notice of allowance says that we have exactly 3 months to pay the issue fees or else, the application will be abandoned.
It now looks like the company may not proceed further with the application, as per the current business needs.
I have no financial interest in this patent application, but would like to have it issued, purely for personal purposes. Obviously, I don't have an issue that the company (rather than me) shall own the patent when it gets issued.
I am willing to pay the issue fee myself. Is this allowed? How do I do this? What's the procedure? What are my choices?
Update: Finding out eligibility for damages
I was suggested by a member of the community here to look for potentially pressing for damages for not offering me the possibility to self-file or take the application forward personally. How can I get started with this?