MPEP Q & A 36: Documents a Person Acting in a Representative Capacity May Not Sign



List two documents a person acting in a representative capacity may not sign.


A person acting in a representative capacity may not sign:

  • a power of attorney,
  • a document granting access to an application,
  • a change of correspondence address,
  • a terminal disclaimer, or
  • a request for an express abandonment without filing a continuing application.

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 400 of the MPEP 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015. This chapter covers Representative of Applicant or Owner.

Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or may not be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 402.03 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 402.03.

402.03   Signature Requirements for  Papers Filed in an Application

This section covers the signature requirements for papers filed in an application.

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