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Archived updates for Thursday, March 03, 2005

USPTO Correspondence Address Changes Effective April 4

The USPTO wants you to know that starting on April 4, 2005, the provisions of 37 CFR 1.8 (Certificate of Mailing) and 1.10 ("Express Mail") will no longer be waived for correspondence addressed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Washington, DC 20231. Thus, after April 3, 2005, all correspondence addressed to the Washington, DC 20231 address will be returned to sender marked by the USPS as undeliverable. Such mail returned to the sender by the USPS will not be considered proof of prior filing or mailing under 37 CFR 1.8(b) or 1.10(e) since the correspondence was not mailed in accordance with 37 CFR 1.1.
Pursuant to 37 CFR 1.1, correspondence intended for the USPTO must be mailed to P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, except as otherwise provided.

Here are a few other correspondence address reminders that appeared in the same notice:

1. Correspondence intended for the USPTO, unless directed otherwise, must be
addressed to:

Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

2. Correspondence in patent-related matters to organizations reporting to the Commissioner for Patents must be addressed to:

Commissioner for Patents P.O. Box 1450 Alexandria, VA 22313-1450

3. Correspondence in trademark-related matters, except documents sent to the
Assignment Services Division for recordation, requests for copies of trademark
documents, and documents directed to the Madrid Processing Unit, must be
addressed to:

Commissioner for Trademarks P.O. Box 1451 Alexandria, VA

The above addresses are the USPTO’s three general mailing addresses for mail delivered by the USPS; however, the USPTO has separate mailing addresses for certain correspondence as set forth in the notice titled "Mailing and Hand Carry Addresses for Mail to the United States Patent and Trademark Office" (formerly, "Special Mail Stops For Patent Mail") that is published each week in the Official Gazette Notices and posted on the USPTO Internet web site.

Questions regarding this notice may be e-mailed to, or directed to the Inventors’ Assistance Center (formerly the Patent Assistance Center (PAC)) by telephone at 800-786-9199 or 703-308-4357.

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