1.33 (pre-AIA) Correspondence respecting patent applications, reexamination proceedings, and other proceedings.
[Editor Note: Certain* paragraphs below are not applicable to patent applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a) or 363 on or after Sept. 16, 2012]
Correspondence address and daytime
telephone number. When filing an application, a
correspondence address must be set forth in either an
application data sheet (§ 1.76 ), or elsewhere, in a clearly
identifiable manner, in any paper submitted with an application
filing. If no correspondence address is specified, the Office
may treat the mailing address of the first named inventor (if
provided, see §§ 1.76(b)(1) and 1.63(c)(2))
as the correspondence address. The Office will direct, or
otherwise make available, all notices, official letters, and
other communications relating to the application to the person
associated with the correspondence address. For correspondence
submitted via the Office’s electronic filing system, however, an
electronic acknowledgment receipt will be sent to the submitter.
The Office will generally not engage in double correspondence
with an applicant and a patent practitioner, or with more than
one patent practitioner except as deemed necessary by the
Director. If more than one correspondence address is specified
in a single document, the Office will select one of the
specified addresses for use as the correspondence address and,
if given, will select the address associated with a Customer
Number over a typed correspondence address. For the party to
whom correspondence is to be addressed, a daytime telephone
number should be supplied in a clearly identifiable manner and
may be changed by any party who may change the correspondence
address. The correspondence address may be changed as
- (1) Prior to filing of § 1.63 oath or declaration by any of the inventors. If a § 1.63 oath or declaration has not been filed by any of the inventors, the correspondence address may be changed by the party who filed the application. If the application was filed by a patent practitioner, any other patent practitioner named in the transmittal papers may also change the correspondence address. Thus, the inventor(s), any patent practitioner named in the transmittal papers accompanying the original application, or a party that will be the assignee who filed the application, may change the correspondence address in that application under this paragraph.
- (2) Where a § 1.63 oath or declaration has been filed by any of the inventors. If a § 1.63 oath or declaration has been filed, or is filed concurrent with the filing of an application, by any of the inventors, the correspondence address may be changed by the parties set forth in paragraph (b) of this section, except for paragraph (b)(2).
Amendments and other
. Amendments and other papers, except for written
assertions pursuant to § 1.27(c)(2)(ii) of this part, filed in the
application must be signed by:
- (1) A patent practitioner of record appointed in compliance with § 1.32(b);
- (2) A patent practitioner not of record who acts in a representative capacity under the provisions of § 1.34;
- (3) An assignee as provided for under § 3.71(b) of this chapter; or
- (4) All of the applicants (§ 1.41(b)) for patent, unless there is an assignee of the entire interest and such assignee has taken action in the application in accordance with § 3.71 of this chapter.
- (c) All notices, official letters, and other communications for the patent owner or owners in a reexamination proceeding will be directed to the correspondence address. Amendments and other papers filed in a reexamination proceeding on behalf of the patent owner must be signed by the patent owner, or if there is more than one owner by all the owners, or by an attorney or agent of record in the patent file, or by a registered attorney or agent not of record who acts in a representative capacity under the provisions of § 1.34. Double correspondence with the patent owner or owners and the patent owner’s attorney or agent, or with more than one attorney or agent, will not be undertaken.
- (d) A “correspondence address” or change thereto may be filed with the Patent and Trademark Office during the enforceable life of the patent. The “correspondence address” will be used in any correspondence relating to maintenance fees unless a separate “fee address” has been specified. See § 1.363 for “fee address” used solely for maintenance fee purposes.
- (e) A change of address filed in a patent application or patent does not change the address for a patent practitioner in the roster of patent attorneys and agents. See § 11.11 of this title.
[36 FR 12617, July 2, 1971; 46 FR 29181, May 29, 1981; para. (d) added, 49 FR 34724, Aug. 31, 1984, effective Nov. 1, 1984; para. (c), 50 FR 5171, Feb. 6, 1985, effective Mar. 8, 1985; paras. (a) & (b) revised, 62 FR 53131, Oct. 10 1997, effective Dec. 1, 1997; paras. (a) and (b) revised, 65 FR 54604, Sept. 8, 2000, effective Nov. 7, 2000; para. (a) revised, 68 FR 14332, Mar. 25, 2003, effective May 1, 2003; (a) introductory text, (b) introductory text, and paras. (b)(1), (b)(2) and (c) revised, 69 FR 29865, May 26, 2004, effective June 25, 2004; para. (c) revised, 69 FR 35427, June 24, 2004, effective July 26, 2004; para. (c) revised, 70 FR 3880, Jan. 27, 2005, effective Dec. 8, 2004; para. (a) introductory text revised, paras. (a)(1), (b)(1), and (b)(2) revised, and para. (e) added, 70 FR 56119, Sept. 26, 2005, effective Nov. 25, 2005; para. (a) introductory text revised, 72 FR 2770, Jan. 23, 2007, effective Jan. 23, 2007; para. (c) revised, 72 FR 18892, Apr. 16, 2007, effective May 16, 2007]