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Modernization of PAIR

Remove POA Requirement to Change Fee Address

This is related to "Recognize POA in Issued Patent to Allow for Withdrawal." A practitioner will periodically need to update the Fee Address where the practitioner does not have Power of Attorney (POA). If a practitioner has access to the record via the Correspondence Address, the Office should allow such practitioner to update the Fee Address. Please correct me if I am wrong ... It does not appear that POA is required ...more »

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Modernization of PAIR

Enable Request to Delete Attorney Data After Issuance

Because Power of Attorney effectively ends at issuance, practitioners are prevented from withdrawing as attorney of record in issued patents. This can lead the public into believing that a practitioner is responsible when they are not. Law firms routinely transfer files back and forth. Some practitioners do not feel it is necessary to file a new POA for issued patents because POA is technically "ineffective." Given ...more »

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Patent Holder Information

When accessing maintenance fee information, the Patent Holder Information is actually the information for the Fee Address. While I understand much of the public may not identify with "Fee Address," labeling this as the "Patent Holder" isn't appropriate either. I would like to suggest a revision to something similar to Fee Payer Information. This way if the information is for a law firm or annuity provider, it will ...more »

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Modernization of EFS-Web

"Fee Address" Indication Form (SB/47) Submittal Via EFS

Although it states in "37 C.F.R. 1.363 Fee address for maintenance fee purposes" that the "Fee Address" Indication Form (SB/47) may be submitted as an attachment to the Part B Fee Transmittal at time of Issue Fee payment, a call to the PTO's electronic business center was met with the acknowledgement that the attachment of SB/47 may be overlooked if filed electronically and therefore, the tried and true method of fax ...more »

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