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|Top of Notices (79) December 31, 2013||US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE||Print This Notice 1397 CNOG 222|
|Assignments, Powers of Attorney||Referenced Items (74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81)|
(79) Indexing Against a Recorded Assignment It has been the practice of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to process requests for indexing against a recorded document by adding the newly requested property to the data base record for the previously recorded document, except if the previously recorded document was an assignment. The PTO only required a transmittal letter with the recording fee and not a copy of the previously recorded document to process the indexing request. While indexing the additional properties resulted in the assignment data base being updated, the indexing request itself was never microfilmed to become part of the official record. Effective immediately, the PTO will no longer process such indexing requests. Such indexing requests do not comply with 37 CFR 3.11, 3.28, and 3.31 which require that each request for recordation include the document to be recorded and a cover sheet. Instead of filing an indexing request, a party should submit a cover sheet in conformance with 37 CFR 3.31, a true copy of the document, and the recording fee. PTO will assign a new recording date to that submission, update the assignment data base, and microfilm the cover sheet and document to become part of the official record. Nov. 3, 1993 THERESA A. BRELSFORD Assistant Commissioner for Public Services and Administration [1157 OG 12]