SURVEY OF REGISTERED PRACTITIONERS IN PATENT CASES
The Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) is conducting a survey of active registered practitioners pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 10.11. The purpose of the survey is to ascertain whether the practitioners desire to remain on the register. The United States Patent and Trademark Office benefits from the survey by obtaining confirmation that OED's records regarding each practitioner's address and telephone number are correct, or by receiving updated information. In the past, the survey has prompted some individuals to advise OED of the deaths of other practitioners.
At the present time, there are more than 41,000 active registered practitioners. A register of all active registered practitioners, also called the roster, is found on the Office website at https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/. This survey will not be conducted of the entire roster of 41,000 active registered practitioners at one time. Instead, the survey is being conducted of a portion of the active registered practitioners at a time. Information regarding future surveys will be posted on the OED website.
A survey letter was mailed on July 31, 2012, to active registered practitioners whose registration numbers are between 25,000 and 29,999. Enclosed with the survey letter will be a blue Data Sheet, which practitioners must complete and return to OED within forty-five (45) days of the date the survey is mailed. The survey will be mailed to the official address on the roster. This is the last address for which the Director of Enrollment and Discipline received separate notice. See 37 C.F.R § 11.11(a)
Practitioners must reply to the survey letter even if the current contact information is correct. The name and address of any practitioner failing to reply and give any information requested by the Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline and Director of Enrollment and Discipline within the 45-day time limit specified will be published in the Official Gazette. A further 30-day opportunity will be given to respond and provide the requested information. Thereafter, the names of practitioners failing to reply and give the requested information will be removed from the register and the names of individuals so removed will be published in the Official Gazette. See 37 C.F.R. § 10.11. The name of any individual so removed may be reinstated on the register as may be appropriate and upon payment of the fee set forth in 37 CFR § 1.21(a)(3).
Practitioners can determine if they should receive a survey letter and Data Sheet by checking the roster on the Office website. A practitioner on the roster with a registration number between 25,000 and 29,999, should receive the survey letter and blue Data Sheet within one week of the mailing date of the survey, if the practitioner receives mail at the address on the roster. If a practitioner does not receive the survey within one week of the mailing date of the survey, the practitioner should contact OED via mail addressed to: Mail Stop OED, Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, or via e-mail addressed to: OED@USPTO.gov.
If an individual's name is not on the roster, and the individual's registration number is between 25,000 and 29,999, the individual's name has been endorsed as inactive on the roster. Individuals whose names are endorsed as inactive include those who failed to reply to previous surveys, or requested to be removed from the roster, as well as individuals employed by the Office. No survey will be sent to these individuals.
Practitioners having a registration number below 25,000 or above 29,999 are not in the current survey. Accordingly, it is not necessary for them to call or advise OED that they did not receive the survey. A survey will be sent to them in the future.
Practitioners should check and verify their mailing address information regularly. Practitioner contact information must be updated within 30 days of any change. See 37 CFR § 11.11 For information on how to verify your current address, visit the On-line Change of Address for Practitioners page at: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/oed/aboutaddress.htm.
William R. Covey
Deputy General Counsel for Enrollment and Discipline and
Director of Enrollment and Discipline
August 13, 2012