Comments on Question 1

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QUESTION 01:
     Should the PTO require that all Official application related
     materials be delivered to a central location? Specifically, what
     problems would a requirement that all official application-related
     materials be delivered to a central location cause?

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FROM RESPONDENT 001:
     
     NAME:               David E. Craword, Jr. (Reg No. 38,118)
     COMPANY:            ROGERS, HOWELL & HAFERKAMP
                         COUNSELLORS AT LAW
     ADDR-1:             PIERRE LACLEDE CENTER, SUITE 1400
                         7733 F0RSYTH BOULEVARD
     CITY, STATE ZIP:    ST.LOUIS, MISS0URI 63105-1817
     TELEPHONE:          (314) 727-5188
     FAX:
     REPRESENT:          unclear
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
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     The rule has the potential to delay delivery of proposals for
     amendments to the Examiners. Nonetheless, the PTO should require that
     all official application-related materials be delivered to a central
     location. However, the rules shooed permit an expedited advance copy
     which could be facsimile transmitted or hand delivered to the
     Examiner. Thus, any delays in prosecution caused by a requirement
     that materials be delivered to a central location could be mitigated
     Therefore, I recommend permitting facsimile transmission or hand
     delivery directly to an Examiner, but requiring a confirmation via
     postal delivery to a central location within the PTO.

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FROM RESPONDENT 026:
     NAME: Louis Maassel 
     COMPANY: World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland 
     ADDR-1: 12716 Buckingham Drive 
     CITY, STATE ZIP: Bowie, Maryland 20715
     TELEPHONE: 301) 464-4306
     FAX: 
     REPRESENT: self
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
     Comment: I have no comment as to question 1 but note that it appears to be directed to only wind delivered" and "faxed" items.

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FROM RESPONDENT 041:
     NAME: Frederick S. Burkhart 
     COMPANY: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION
       OF THE. STATE. BAR OF MICHIGAN 
     ADDR-1: 306 TOWNSEND STREET 
     CITY, STATE ZIP: LANSING, MICHIGAN 48933
     TELEPHONE: 517-372-9030
     FAX: 
     REPRESENT: association
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
     We recommend that application papers be captured when filed and that the remaining papers of the prosecution history be captured upon issuance. This will eliminate the logistics of routing prosecuti     on paperwork through a central location. 

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FROM RESPONDENT 019:
     NAME:	Wilmot H. McCutchen, President
     COMPANY:	HOUSTON INVENTORS ASSOCIATION 
     ADDR-1:	
     CITY, STATE ZIP:	HOUSTON, TEXAS
     TELEPHONE:	(713) 957 4344
     FAX:	(713) 868-4104
     REPRESENT:	COMPANY
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
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     Yes. Fax transmissionb tc. may bQ sent to satellite locations and
     given a filing date there, but a hard copy should follow to the
     central location. There should always be certainty as to what is in
     the file, and that means that there should be one Archival file for
     referen›e. Scanning of thess documents would present a bottleneck, so
     perhaps th~ applicants could be required to submit diskettes at so>e
     timz after the initlal fillng.

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FROM RESPONDENT 010:
     NAME:	Scott Weide 
     COMPANY:	QUIRK & TRATOS 
     ADDR-1:	550 E. CHARLESTON BLVD. . SUITE D 
     CITY, STATE ZIP:	LAS VEGAS NEVADA 89104
     TELEPHONE:	(702) 386-1778
     FAX:	
     REPRESENT:	firm
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
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     All materials should be sent to a central location for identification
     and entry by the Patent Office. The only problem witS such an
     arrangement surrounds transferring the application related material,
     and any corresponding PTO file, to and from the central location and
     the Examiner or other location. Consideration of the time involved in
     this process must be evaluated against the cost of havinq an
     information entry area at each PTO location and the risk that some
     material would not ever be entered if not attributed to a particular
     location

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FROM RESPONDENT 029:
     NAME:	Marcia H. Sundeen
     COMPANY:	PENNIE & EDMONDS 
     ADDR-1:	1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
     CITY, STATE ZIP:	Washington, D.C. 20006-4706
     TELEPHONE:	(202) 393-0177
     FAX:	(202) 393 0462
     REPRESENT:	PTO Relations Committee
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
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     029-Q01.TXT
     The delivery of all official application related materials to a
     central location should not present any undue problems for applicants
     provided that the papers are promptly forwarded to the appropriate
     individual or department in the PTO for handling of such materials.
     It Is essential that there be no delays in view of the 20- year term.
     

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FROM RESPONDENT 033:
     NAME:	TOM EASTEP
     COMPANY:	THE ALLIANCE FOR AMERICAN INNOVATION 
     ADDR-1:	1100 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1200
     CITY, STATE ZIP:	Washington, D.C 20036-4101
     TELEPHONE:	202-293-1414
     FAX:	202-467-5591
     REPRESENT:	ALLIANCE FOR AMERICAN INNOVATION
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
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     033-Q01.TXT
     ALL OFFICIAL APPLICATION RELATED MATERIALS SHOULD BE DELIVERED TO ONE
     PLACE.

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FROM RESPONDENT 008:
     NAME: Gabriel P. Katona
     COMPANY: 	Schweitzer Cornman & Gross
     		Attorneys at Law
     ADDR-1:	230 Park Avenue
     CITY, STATE ZIP:	New York, New York 10169-0059
     TELEPHONE: (212) 986-3377
     FAX: (212) 986-6126
     REPRESENT: unclear
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
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     An electronic database is indispensable it' the PTO would seek to
     escape the burden of supplying paper copies of applications and of
     prosecution documentation before and after publication The effort
     that would be devoted to upscaling copying services to the point of
     supplying such paper copies, could be better spent in creating the
     required electronic database The filing of applica- tions and
     amendments in machine readable form should, however be made optional,
     and those desiring to file paper copies should he able to continue to
     do so upon the payment of a fee which would cover the cost of
     digitizing the contents of the paper filings Such a fee should be
     subject to the small entity discount, because the small entities are
     exactly the types of applicants who would he less likely to he in a
     position to file in digitized form
     
     The extremely well managed Application Division which is now smoothly
     functioning with the microfilming of new applications, would 'be the
     logical site also for the central data capturing by digitizing of all
     incoming information on paper.
     
     The patent application database should he made accessible to the
     public through a service to he identified through public bidding,
     such as DIA- LOG, which would (i) reduce the administrative burden of
     the PTO, (ii) provide the service in an expert, knowledgeable manner,
     and (iii) provide a cost-deferring revenue flow to the PTO The method
     by which a private service is established in connection with the
     applications database, shouldl be based on what the PTO has learned
     in connection with the brouhaha that surrounded the establishment of
     the private trademark searching database!

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FROM RESPONDENT 004:
     NAME:     Michael H. Minns
     COMPANY:  INGERSOLL-RAND COMPANY
               Patent Department
     ADDR-1:   942 Memorial Parkway
     CITY, STATE ZIP:    Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
     TELEPHONE:     (908)859-7700
     FAX: (908) 859-7707
     REPRESENT:     self
     

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COMMENT ON QUESTION 01:
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     004-Q01.TXT
     All application related information which will be published should go
     to a central data capturing facility. This would include the
     application as filed and amendments which are to be incorporated
     prior to publication.

Last Modified: March 1995