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|Top of Notices (73) December 25, 2012||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1385 CNOG 319|
|Assignments, Powers of Attorney||Referenced Items (69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77)|
(73) Notice of Elimination of Batch Update Practice to Change Power of Attorney Effective immediately, the ability to use a "batch update" to change powers of attorney is discontinued. A batch update is a procedure to request a change in the Office records for a batch of patent applications by submitting a spreadsheet listing the applications on a disk or a CD. With this process, a patent attorney or patent agent of record in each of the applications (or the pro se applicant of each of the applications on the spreadsheet) can request that the address associated with a "Customer Number" be used for the correspondence address and/or the fee address for the patent applications listed on the spreadsheet. Until now, an applicant could also indicate when a list of practitioners associated with a Customer Number should be used for the practitioners of record for the patent applications listed on the spreadsheet. Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (8th ed.2001) (Rev. 1, Feb. 2003), Section 403, Customer Number Practice, will be revised to reflect this change in practice. Where the power of attorney (signed by the applicant or the assignee of the entire interest) is to the practitioners associated with a Customer Number (e.g., where PTO/SB/81 was used), the Office will continue to process a "Request for a Customer Number Data Change" (PTO/SB/124) to change the practitioners associated with the Customer Number, and as a result, the list of patent attorneys or agents having a power of attorney for the application. Furthermore, where the correspondence address for an application is the address associated with a Customer Number (e.g., where PTO/SB/121, Correspondence Address Indication form, was used), the Office will continue to process a "Request for a Customer Number Data Change" (PTO/SB/124) to change the address associated with the Customer Number, and as a result, the correspondence address for the application. The batch update process will continue to be permitted for making changes in the correspondence address and the fee address in patent applications. Any batch update request that has been filed, but has not been processed, will be processed without changing the power of attorney (i.e., only a correspondence address and/or fee address will be changed). To change the power of attorney for the applications on the list, the batch update requestor will be instructed to submit a separate request to change a power of attorney (to the attorneys associated with a Customer Number) in each application on the spreadsheet. Forms PTO/SB/81, Power of Attorney, and PTO/SB/82, Revocation/Appointment of Power of Attorney, may be used to submit such a request. Questions regarding batch updates or Customer Number practice should be directed to the Electronic Business Center by telephone to 866-217-9197 (toll-free), 703-305-3028, 703-308-6845 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. June 5, 2003 NICHOLAS P. GODICI Commissioner for Patents [1272 OG 24]