Polish patent attorneys – authentication of documents

April 25th, 2010, Tomasz Rychlicki

According to the provisions of Articles 76a § 2, 3 and 4 of the Administrative Proceedings Code – APC – (in Polish: Kodeks postępowania administracyjnego) of 14 June 1960, published in Journal of Laws (Dziennik Ustaw) No 30, item 168, consolidated text of 9 October 2000, Journal of Laws (Dziennik Ustaw) No 98, item 1071 with subsequent amendments, a party may file copy of a document if it complies with the original one and its originality have been authenticated by a patent attorney acting as a representative. According to the recently amended Act on the authentication of documents, such documents should include: the signature of a patent attorney, the date and the venue for its preparation, and also on a request: the time of the transaction. If the document contains special features (annotations, corrections or damages) patent attorney will acknowledge it in the authentication. The authentication of originality that was included in the copy of the document has the nature of the official document. In special circumstances, the Patent Office may request a party to submit original documents.