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|Top of Notices (316) December 27, 2011||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1373 CNOG 2096|
|Appeals and Interferences||Referenced Items (313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326)|
(316) Signatures No Longer Provided on Outgoing Correspondence from the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences In response to recent inquiries from the public, the following is provided as clarification and update of the Board's signature policy. Beginning in early 2002, the Trial Division of the Board phased out signatures on outgoing correspondence in interference proceedings. This practice aided in increasing the efficiency of electronically processed documents and the timeliness of documents of electronically transmitted by the Trial Division. In December 2006, the Appeals Division of the Board implemented electronic processing of ex parte appeal opinions and concomitantly stopped providing signatures on opinions. Electronically processed opinions allow the Board to utilize the USPTO's e-Office Action pilot program for electronic notification of Board opinions to Private PAIR users. Based on the efficiency gains experienced by both the Trial and Appeal Divisions of the Board by not signing outgoing correspondence, the Board will no longer sign any outgoing correspondence. This includes decisions on petitions and non-final orders signed by Board personnel other than Administration Patent Judges. Outgoing correspondence will, however, continue to clearly specify the name(s) and title(s) of the documents author(s). Unlike patents, which require the Director's signature, see 35 U.S.C. § 153, Board documents are not subject to a signature requirement. Comments regarding this notice may be directed to Kimberly Jordan, Chief Trial Administrator, Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, at firstname.lastname@example.org. MICHAEL R. FLEMING Chief Administrative Patent Judge Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences [1328 OG 140]