Using PTO Forms As Templates Can Be Risky

Law360, New York (October 13, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has downloadable filable forms. The PTO forms are prefaced with the following notice:

"Important Notices And Reminders Regarding Use Of Patent Forms

"The office provides forms to the public to use in certain situations to assist in the filing of correspondence for a certain purpose and to meet certain requirements for patent applications and proceedings. Use of the forms for purposes for which they were not designed is prohibited.

"No changes to certification statements on the Office forms (e.g., oath...
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