15 - Attorney or agent withdrawals

Deciding Office:  Office of Petitions

This petition can be filed as an ePetition [PDF].

The criteria for a petition related to attorney or agent withdrawals are set forth in 37 CFR 1.36, and MPEP § 402.06

In general, these are the steps for filing a petition related to attorney or agent withdrawals:

  • A petition requesting withdrawal as attorney or agent of record under 37 CFR 1.36 must be signed by every attorney/agent seeking to withdraw or contain a clear indication that one attorney or agent is signing on behalf of another/others. It should be understood that a petition requesting withdrawal of an attorney or agent of record is not effective when filed, but is only effective after it has been granted.

Fees:

No fee is required.

How to file:

This petition can be filed as an ePetition [PDF].

If not being filed as an ePetition, it may be filed using any of these delivery methods.

For the relevant patent laws and rules applicable to petitions related to attorney or agent withdrawals, please see:

  • 37 CFR 1.36, Revocation of power of attorney; withdrawal of patent attorney or agent; 
  • MPEP § 402.06, Attorney or agent withdraws; and
  • 1329 OG 99 (08 Apr 2008), Change in procedure for requests to withdraw from representation In a patent application.

Forms:

The following forms are available: Petition Forms PTO/SB/83 and PTO/AIA/83.

For further assistance, please contact the Petitions Help Desk between 8:30 AM - 5 PM (EDT).

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