When does a power of attorney end? 10 Answers as of July 14, 2013

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Eminent IP, P.C.
Eminent IP, P.C. | Paul C. Oestreich
It is not clear from the statement of the question about what sort of power of attorney is in place and what the purpose of that power of attorney is. We will assume for the purposes of this discussion that it is a power of attorney signed by an inventor giving his/her patent counsel power of attorney to transact business with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the purposes of prosecuting a patent application. In that context, a power of attorney ends when a subsequent power of attorney is prepared and executed revoking any previous power of attorney, or when a Request to Withdraw as Attorney is filed and granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In other more general contexts, a power of attorney may end when the matter for which it was prepared and executed ends, or when certain conditions stated on the power of attorney itself are met. You should, of course, seek the advice of counsel for guidance along with your particular fact scenario so that a power of attorney can be prepared and executed to best meet your business objectives.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 7/14/2013
Gerald Walsh | Gerald Walsh
A power of attorney terminates when it is revoked by the person who made the power of attorney (the principal), upon the death of the principal, or when it expires according to its own terms.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/14/2013
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
When the reason for the power has be completely satisfied or if there is a period of time specified therein arrives.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 7/11/2013
Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
It depends upon the power of attorney. In general a power of attorney is to cover a particular event such as purchasing a house, or representing someone in a trial. The power of attorney ends at the conclusion of the event or upon revocation of the power of attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/11/2013
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
A Power of Attorney ends when the person granting the authority revokes the authority or upon that person's death.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 7/11/2013
    Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. | Ernie Linek
    Typically the power of attorney document has a termination specified in it - completion of a task, or an actual date. If not - it can simply be revoked by the person that granted it by written notice of revocation to the holder of the poa.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/11/2013
    Microtechnology Law & Analysis | Daniel Flamm
    Good question. Answer: it depends. For example, at least: 1. It can be revoked. 2. It can end by its own terms (the document giving the power of attorney can include a termination date). 3. It can end by law (depending of what the power of attorney is for, and the jurisdiction). 4. Death As you can see, if you have specific circumstances in mind, more information would be necessary to provide a succinct response. ps- you indicated your question concerns patent law. Does your question concern a power of attorney for patent prosecution?
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/10/2013
    Barton Barton & Plotkin
    Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
    This depends on the terms of the documents granting a power of attorney. Sometimes, it may be irrevocable (never ends). A court can always set aside a power of attorney. Each situation is different and the facts and details are what maters.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/10/2013
    Gerald R. Black, Esq.
    Gerald R. Black, Esq. | Gerald R. Black
    If you are mentally competent and 18 years of age, you may end a Power of Attorney at any time, unless there is some provision in the Power which prevents you from doing so.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/10/2013
    Intellectual Property Center, LLC
    Intellectual Property Center, LLC | Ak Shaf
    A power of attorney is a creature of contract. If the contract specifies the power is for a specific purpose, a specific duration or a specific act it may terminate upon the conclusion of that event. However, unless limited it may continue until revoked or terminated. If you have a specific power of attorney in mind, I would suggest meeting with an attorney to discuss the matter or contacting our office through our website at www.theipcenter.com.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 7/10/2013
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