Why use s-signatures?
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.
Ensure your s-signature is valid.
While s-signatures are relatively easy to add to an electronic document, the signatory (the person signing) must follow certain signature requirements:.
- Sign only using letters, Arabic numerals, or a combination of both in your s-signature.
- Use the appropriate spacing between words.
- Include any other necessary punctuation (commas, periods, hyphens).
Remember, the signature must be between forward slashes to make it valid. You must add an s-signature for yourself. Another party cannot add it.
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.