Applicants and registered practitioners are permitted to sign portions of an EFS-Web submission, including an IDS, with an electronic signature. As with most collectibles, the date of manufacture of a Zippo lighter often affects its value. Alternatively, third parties may provide information to the applicant who may submit the information to the Office in an IDS. Applicant would not be able to make a statement under 37 CFR 1.
It might be a simple statement pointing to similarities between the item of information and the claimed invention.