Survey of Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases (June 2014)
The Office of Enrollment and Discipline periodically conducts a mandatory survey of active registered practitioners pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 11.11. 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. Practitioners who fail to respond may be subject to administrative suspension.
A survey letter was mailed on June 30, 2014, to active registered practitioners whose registration numbers are between 35,000 and 39,999. Enclosed with the survey letter was 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 was mailed to the official address on file with OED. Practitioners must reply to the survey letter even if the current contact information is correct.
For information on previous Surveys, please click here.
Notice of Non Compliance with Survey of Registered Practitioners
Pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 11.11(a)(2), the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) conducted a survey of the active registered practitioners whose registration numbers are between 35,000-39,999. As of October 17, 2014, OED has not received any response from about 443 practitioners. They are given 60 days to pay the delinquency fee set forth in 37 C.F.R. § 1.21(a)(9)(i), and to provide the requested information on a blue Data Sheet, on or before December 16, 2014. Click here for more information
Practitioners who have been administratively suspended from the Register of Patent Attorneys and Agents may apply for reinstatement by completing the Reinstatement Data Sheet (FORM PTO 107R) along with the requisite fees. Such fees include the reinstatement fee of $100 under 37 CFR § 1.21(a)(9)(ii), along with the delinquency fee of $50 under 37 CFR § 1.21(a)(9)(i).
The fees may be submitted by credit card: PTO/2038 - Credit Card Payment Form and Instructions
Mail the Reinstatement Data Sheet and fee to:
Mail Stop OED
US Patent and Trademark Office
PO Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
Practitioners whose names have been removed or administratively suspended from the Register of Patent Attorneys and Agents for more than five years must, in addition to the above, take and pass the registration examination unless they submit a showing to the satisfaction of the Director of Enrollment and Discipline that they continue to possess the legal qualifications necessary to render patent applicants valuable service. See 1064 O.G. 12.
Rule to Show Cause for Survey of Registered Practitioners
Available in early 2015
For previous rule to show causes click here.