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Archived updates for Tuesday, May 23, 2006

USPTO Collecting Patent Practitioner E-mail Addresses

On May 11, 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) announced that it is collecting Internet e-mail addresses for each registered patent attorney and patent agent. The e-mail information will be maintained in an electronic database of the roster. To reduce occasions for spam and unwanted electronic communications, the e-mail addresses will not be published, viewable by the public on line, or otherwise made available to the public.

The Office is in the process of implementing 37 CFR ยง 11.11, under which each "registered practitioner must notify the OED Director of up to three e-mail addresses where he or she receives e-mail." By this notice, practitioners are being requested to provide up to three e-mail addresses where they can receive communications from the Office. The collection of e-mail addresses is being implemented using a two-step process discussed here.
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