37 CFR 1.497
Oath or declaration under 35 U.S.C. 371(c)(4).
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(a)When an applicant of an international application desires to enter the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371 pursuant to § 1.495, and a declaration in compliance with this section has not been previously submitted in the international application under PCT Rule 4.17(iv) within the time limits provided for in PCT Rule 26 ter.1, he or she must file an oath or declaration that:
(1)Is executed in accordance with either § § 1.66 or 1.68;
(2)Identifies the application to which it is directed;
(3)Identifies each inventor and the country of citizenship of each inventor; and
(4)States that the person making the oath or declaration believes the named inventor or inventors to be the original and first inventor or inventors of the subject matter which is claimed and for which a patent is sought. (b)(1) The oath or declaration must be made by all of the actual inventors except as provided for in § § 1.42, 1.43 or 1.47.
(2)If the person making the oath or declaration or any supplemental oath or declaration is not the inventor (§ § 1.42, 1.43, or § 1.47), the oath or declaration shall state the relationship of the person to the inventor, and, upon information and belief, the facts which the inventor would have been required to state. If the person signing the oath or declaration is the legal representative of a deceased inventor, the oath or declaration shall also state that the person is a legal representative and the citizenship, residence and mailing address of the legal representative.
(c)Subject to paragraph (f) of this section, if the oath or declaration meets the requirements of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, the oath or declaration will be accepted as complying with 35 U.S.C. 371(c)(4) and § 1.495(c). However, if the oath or declaration does not also meet the requirements of § 1.63, a supplemental oath or declaration in compliance with § 1.63 or an application data sheet will be required in accordance with § 1.67.
(d)If the oath or declaration filed pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 371(c)(4) and this section names an inventive entity different from the inventive entity set forth in the international application, or if a change to the inventive entity has been effected under PCT Rule 92 bis subsequent to the execution of any oath or declaration which was filed in the application under PCT Rule 4.17(iv) or this section and the inventive entity thus changed is different from the inventive entity identified in any such oath or declaration, applicant must submit:
(1)A statement from each person being added as an inventor and from each person being deleted as an inventor that any error in inventorship in the international application occurred without deceptive intention on his or her part;
(2)The processing fee set forth in § 1.17(i);
(3)If an assignment has been executed by any of the original named inventors, the written consent of the assignee (see § 3.73(b) of this chapter); and
(4)Any new oath or declaration required by paragraph (f) of this section.
(e)The Office may require such other information as may be deemed appropriate under the particular circumstances surrounding the correction of inventorship.
(f)A new oath or declaration in accordance with this section must be filed to satisfy 35 U.S.C. 371(c)(4) if the declaration was filed under PCT Rule 4.17(iv), and:
(1)There was a change in the international filing date pursuant to PCT Rule 20.2 after the declaration was executed; or
(2)A change in the inventive entity was effected under PCT Rule 92 bis after the declaration was executed and no declaration which sets forth and is executed by the inventive entity as so changed has been filed in the application.