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Author Topic: Does anyone know when the started issuing Registration Numbers  (Read 1243 times)

dab2d

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I am working on a presentation and trying to figure out when the patent office started requiring registration? Basically how many patent attorneys/agents have there ever been?
 
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I don't know that exactly, but I can tell you that this is the earliest registration listed on the USPTO website:
    https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/practitionerDetails?regisNum=14853

This attorney registered in 1940.

I don't know if and how the USPTO prunes the rolls, but I suspect many listed attorneys are no longer with us...
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Thanks for the info.... I think it did some pruning in 2012? If I remember correctly, you had to respond to something from the office

I am assuming that it had to be a patent act of some sort that created the registration system.
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If the PTO gets their way and is allowed to charge yearly bar dues ($240 or $410, depending on whether they are paid electronically with a cle certificate) you might see lots of pruning of the practitioner roles.
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It was sometime in the '30s.  Everybody who received a number in the first few years they were issued is assuredly dead.  The exact date could probably be pinned down with some access to the Journal of the Patent Office Society, via HeinOnline, for example.
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on March 12, 1934, Commissioner Coe signed an order amending Rule 17 of the Rules to Practice in the United States Patent Office to require that every person entitled to represent patentees before the Patent Office first pass a written examination.[70]

[70]Comm’r of Patents, Order No. 3,206, printed in 440 OFFICIAL GAZ. 781 (Mar. 27, 1934).  Amended Rule 17 was also published in the Patent Office Society’s journal.  See Examinations Required for Registration of Patent Attorneys, 16 J. PAT. OFF. SOC’Y 359, 359–60 (1934).

Christi Guerrini, The Decline of the Patent Registration Exam, 91 Neb. L. Rev. (2013), available at https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/nlr/vol91/iss2/3
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I don't know that exactly, but I can tell you that this is the earliest registration listed on the USPTO website:
    https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/practitionerDetails?regisNum=14853

This attorney registered in 1940.

I don't know if and how the USPTO prunes the rolls, but I suspect many listed attorneys are no longer with us...

BTW the Mr. Ewbank you point to died six years ago.

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/article/20120408/OBITUARIES/304089902
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Toot Aps Esroh

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To your question of "how many ever", if one assumes the first person was reg.no 1, then there have been 77777 over all time.


Seems strange and fun that the most recently registered agent was 77777, but that's what I'm finding at OED.  She should call herself "Lucky PentaSeven" or "Sevens" or some such.



(Aside for other oldsters here, this makes me I wonder how "Sixes" is doing... )
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Toot Aps Esroh

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Thanks for finding this.  (edit: "this" is the obit Robert provided)


Interesting that he ran his firm until age 92.  Some folks just don't know when to quit!


Obit's wrong as to either DOB or age at death by 5 years.

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« Last Edit: 01-18-19 at 03:20 pm by Toot Aps Esroh »
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(Aside for other oldsters here, this makes me I wonder how "Sixes" is doing... )

I'm connected to Jeff on LinkedIn.  Seems like he's doing well - he's still in-house at a bio company, Director of IP.  I don't know if he still frequents this forum.

...not sure how I feel about being called an oldster!
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Cool, thanks for the info. 

As for "oldster", hey, that's just a state of mind, neighbor.   ;)

Or more directly, I was just thinking about people who've been around at least since 2010 or so when he quit posting.
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