44. An amendment filed in January 8, 2002, in an unassigned nonprovisional
application seeks to cancel claims so that fewer than all of the currently named inventors
are the actual inventors of the invention being claimed. The amendment includes a
request to delete the names of the persons who are not inventors. In accordance with
proper USPTO rules and procedure, the request may be signed by which of the
(A) A registered practitioner not of record who acts in a representative
capacity under 37 CFR 1.34(a).
(B) All of the applicants (37 CFR 1.41(b)) for patent.
(C) A registered practitioner of record appointed pursuant to 37 CFR 1.34(b).
(D) (B) and (C).
(E) (A), (B), and (C).
44. ANSWER: (E) is the correct answer. 37 C.F.R. § 1.48(b) (effective November 7, 2000);
“Changes To Implement the Patent Business Goals; Final Rule,” 65 FR 54604, 54619
(September 8, 2000). As stated in 65 FR at 54619, middle column, “Sections 1.48(b) and (d) are
revised to indicate that a request to correct the inventorship thereunder must be signed by a party
as set forth in § 1.33(b)…” (A), (B), and (C) are provided for in 37 C.F.R. § 1.33(b). Thus (E),
the most inclusive answer, is correct.