Thursday, September 2, 2010

New PTO procedure relaxes requirements for Examiner interview

Patent Docs reports here about a relatively new PTO procedure which relaxes the requirements for attorney/agent participation in an Examiner interview. According to the Patent Docs post:

Under the old procedure, practitioners were required to file a power of attorney or authorization to act in a representative capacity in order to participate in an interview.  Under the new procedure, practitioners need only file an Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form (PTO-431A).
I'm not sure that all Examiners followed the old, more rigorous, procedure, but I like the new procedure better.

1 comment:

  1. Formalities. I've never had an examiner that wouldn't take my phone call. Nobody required the filing of a form.