The USPTO has a new Application Data Sheet (ADS) form PTO/AIA/14 for any ADS submission on or after November 30, 2015:
"The changes to the ADS form were announced in
the Federal Register. See
Changes to Facilitate Applicant’s Authorization of Access to Unpublished U.S.
Patent Applications by Foreign Intellectual Property Offices; found on http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-27/pdf/2015-27335.pdf
Final Rule (October 27, 2015).
Applicants are no longer required to select an opt-in check box on the ADS
form to provide the USPTO with authorization to permit a foreign intellectual
property office participating in the priority document exchange (PDX) program
access to a U.S. priority application. Instead, the revised ADS form contains
by default the authorization to permit access to the U.S. priority application
via the PDX program. Including a properly signed ADS form on filing will
provide applicant’s authorization for the PDX program. Should applicant wish
not to provide authorization for the PDX program, applicant can select the
opt-out check box for this authorization on the ADS form. The revised ADS form
also contains by default the authorization to permit access to the search
results from a U.S. priority application by the European Patent Office (EPO).
Like the PDX program, should applicant wish not to provide the EPO access to
the search results, applicant can select the opt-out check box for this
authorization on the ADS form.
Please note that a revised ADS form submitted after the filing of an
application CANNOT be used to provide or revoke any of the authorizations to
permit access discussed above. Instead, forms PTO/SB/39 and PTO/SB/69, as
applicable, should be used to provide or revoke these authorizations to permit
access after the filing of an application."
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