TMEP 605.04: Power of Attorney Filed After Registration

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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605.04    Power of Attorney Filed After Registration

To expedite processing, the USPTO recommends that powers of attorney be filed through TEAS, at http://www.uspto.gov. When powers of attorney are filed through TEAS, the data is automatically entered into the USPTO’s automated records.

When a new power of attorney is filed on paper after registration, the USPTO scans an image of the document into its automated records, but does not change the attorney information unless the registrant concurrently takes a separate action, such as filing an affidavit under §8.

For purposes of recognition as a representative, the USPTO considers a power of attorney filed while an application is pending to end with registration, when the application is abandoned, or when ownership changes. 37 C.F.R. §2.17(g)(1). If the power is filed in connection with an affidavit under §8, §12(c), §15, or §71, a §9 renewal application, or a §7 request, the power is deemed to end upon acceptance or final rejection of the filing. 37 C.F.R. §2.17(g)(2). TMEP §604.02.

See also TMEP §1612 regarding powers of attorney filed after registration, and TMEP §609.02(e) regarding changing the correspondence address after registration.