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From:   BBURDICK@armstrongteasdale.com [SMTP:BBURDICK@armstrongteasdale.com]

Sent:   Monday, November 15, 1999 10:18 AM

To: matthew.lee@uspto.gov

Subject:    Credit Card Payment - Proposed Rulemaking



Dear Sir:



While it is understandable that the PTO should not make credit card numbers available to third parties by disclosure of an unredacted PTO-2038, I would submit that the public's interest would require the disclosure of the form in redacted form, excluding credit card number.  This is to allow evaluation by third parties of whether or not the patentee actually authorized the payment of the proper fee.  It is submitted that the software programming for clipping out the credit card number from the form would be relatively simple.



The countervailing consideration is the increased likelihood that the credit card number would be inadvertently released.



Bruce E.Burdick, Reg. No. 27,422

One Metropolitan Square - Suite2600

St. Louis, MO 63102-2740

bb@burdlaw.com

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