Adobe Acrobat Sign
S-signatures help you sign electronic documents just by typing.
Keep contracts moving with these typed signatures. Or bypass s-signatures with Adobe Acrobat Sign, which makes it easy to add a handwritten signature to any doc.
What is an s-signature?
An s-signature is a legal way to sign an electronic document using a typed signer’s name instead of an actual signature. The signer types their name on the signature line of a document between two forward slashes (for example, /Jimmy Doe/). In the case of conformed signatures, which are another type of s-signature, the signer puts an “s” between two forward slash marks in front of their typed name (for example, /s/ Jimmy Doe). In fact, the s-signature name took its name from the conformed signature style.
Depending on where and how you are doing business, the option of an s-signature may help you conduct business more quickly by speeding up the signing process. For example, when you’re e-filing a patent application, you can quickly use a form-fill app to add a digital signature from any keyboard. This is just one of many possible examples of when an s-signature might work better than a wet signature.
The rules around e-signature validity vary from country to country and region to region.
For example, there are many laws that cover the validity of e-signatures in the United States. The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) in 1999 and the US Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act in 2000 both set regulatory guidelines on electronic signatures, but every state has not adopted these.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and many other government agencies accept s-signatures for electronic filing. The Manual of Patent Examining Procedures (MPEP) 501 and 502 also covers regulations on s-signatures for patents.
Create your own handwritten e-signature.
In instances where a handwritten-looking digital signature is an option, you have a few simple choices to capture your original signature. From scanning a physical signature to using a touchscreen to write your own signature on any electronic document, Adobe Acrobat Sign makes it as quick and hassle-free to sign your name as it would be to type it between two forward slash marks.
Questions about electronic signatures? We’ve got answers.
You might think that an electronic signature refers to the box where you sign your name with your stylus or finger. Electronic signatures can, indeed, look like that — or you can eliminate the actual signing step entirely by typing out your full name within the space. Depending on the symbols used, both are valid versions of electronic signatures.