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 »
Currently, I can assign a number of cases simultaneously with a batch assignment, but I have to file a separate Power of Attorney in each case, via EFS. I use the same signed document for each (a general power of attorney). It would be much more efficient if we could add multiple matters to a single Power of Attorney filing. It would also be helpful if we did not need to submit a separate ADS form with the Power of ...more »
It might improve efficiency of application processing if attorneys could email a link to clients/inventors where they could sign documents online. Applicants and inventors could sign powers of attorney, inventors could sign declarations and assignments, and owners could sign 3.73c statements, using a digital time-stamped signature, like the kind you can get from Comodo for free.