Anthony N. Woloch
Proposed changes to Representation for Others Before the United States Patent and Trade... Page 1 of 1
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 1:00 PM
To: ethicsrules comments
Cc: Jbeckelhymer@...; JArmstrong@...; aipla@...; admin@...
Subject: Proposed changes to Representation of Others Before the United States Patent and Trademark
Office 37 C.F.R. Parts 1, 2, 10 and 11
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the United States Patent and Trademark Office:
I have briefly reviewed the proposed extensive rule changes published in the Federal Registrar! Vol. 68, No. 239/Friday December 12, 2003.
I support the USPTO's effort to make its ethical rules more consistent with the current Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association.
It is respectfully requested that the USPTO be required to periodically e?mail to all registered patent attorneys'` & agents" advance written notices of:
1. annual fees due (e.g., since my last name falls within the group of last names beginning with S through Z, the USPTO should be required to e?mail to me an electronic invoice at least 30 calendar days in advance of the October 1 st ?December 31 st period); and
2. mandatory continuing legal education programs required by the USPTO (i.e., what, when, where).
The USPTO should also be required to provide a secure way for registered patent attorneys & agents to confirm i) the USPTO's receipt of payment of annual fees and ii) record of completion of mandatory continuing legal education programs required by the USPTO.
In any event, all proposed rule changes should be simple, efficient, ethical, and in the best interests of the public having access & understanding of the U.S. patent system.
Anthony N. Woloch
USPTO Reg. No. 30,236
Patent Attorney for Sturman Industries, Inc.
One Innovation Way, Suite A
Woodland Park, Colorado 80863-3333 U.S.A.
(*who have submitted their respective e?mail addresses to the USPTO)