Comments from BBurdick
From: BBURDICK@armstrongteasdale.com [SMTP:BBURDICK@armstrongteasdale.com]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 10:18 AM
Subject: Credit Card Payment - Proposed Rulemaking
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