Earlier this year, the USPTO mailed a survey to the last known address to all US patent practitioners with a registration number of less than 25,000. This represents about 2,600 practitioners. Responses to those letters have been due for some time and practitioners who have not responded are now at risk of being removed from the rolls of active attorneys. In the O.G., the USPTO has posted a list of 1,200+ practitioners who have not responded. To avoid being removed from the rolls, the practitioner must submit a response by Monday, May 7. A practitioner removed from the rolls can be reinstated with the payment of a fee.
- Lack of Response to Survey by Registered Practitioners in Patent Cases
- For info, contact the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED@uspto.gov) or call (571) 272-4097.
The USPTO also states that that “Practitioners who may know that a former colleague whose name appears on the list below is deceased are encouraged to contact OED.”