Can I file a document signed by a different attorney than the one who hold’s the digital certificate?


A practitioner or a paralegal acting under the direction and control of the practitioner may, as a general rule, file documents signed by either the practitioner exercising the direction and control or another practitioner via EFS. Filing of a document that is unauthorized to be filed via EFS, e.g. a protest, is inconsistent with the subscriber agreement. Thus, the certificate holder and paralegal acting under the direction and control of a registered attorney (or agent) must make sure that documents being submitted are authorized to be filed via EFS, regardless of whether the document is signed by the practitioner exercising the direction and control or another practitioner.


USPTO FAQ - Questions and Answers (16NOV2007)