37 CFR 1.915 Content of request for inter partes reexamination.
- (c) If an inter partes request is filed by an attorney or agent identifying another party on whose behalf the request is being filed, the attorney or agent must have a power of attorney from that party or be acting in a representative capacity pursuant to § 1.34.
Where an attorney or agent files a request for an inter partes reexamination for an identified client (the third party requester), he or she may act under a power of attorney from the client or may act in a representative capacity under 37 CFR 1.34 . See 37 CFR 1.915(c). While the filing of the power of attorney is desirable, processing of the reexamination request will not be delayed due to its absence.
In order to act in a representative capacity under 37 CFR 1.34, an attorney or agent must set forth his or her registration number, name, and signature. In order to act under a power of attorney from a requester, an attorney or agent must be provided with a power of attorney. 37 CFR 1.32(c) provides that a “power of attorney may only name as representative” the inventors or registered patent practitioners. Thus, an attorney or agent representing a requester must be a registered patent practitioner.
If any question of authority to act is raised, proof of authority may be required by the Office.
All correspondence for a third party requester is addressed to the representative of the requester, unless a specific indication is made to forward correspondence to another address.
A third party requester may not be represented during a reexamination proceeding by an attorney or other person who is not registered to practice before the Office.