Word Index for Patent Related Regulations (37 C.F.R.)

Last Revised in April 2018

Key Word Index

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Abandoned applications:

Abandonment by failure to prosecute: 1.135

Abandonment during interference: 41.127(b)

Abandonment for failure to pay issue fee: 1.316

Express abandonment: 1.138

To avoid publication: 1.138(c)

Referred to in issued patents: 1.14

Revival of: 1.137

When open for public inspection: 1.14

Abandonment of application. (See Abandoned applications)

Abstract of the disclosure.(content, physical requirements): 1.72(b)

Separate sheet required for commencement of: 1.52(b)(4), 1.72(b)

Arrangement in overall application: 1.77, 1.163

Access to pending applications (limited): 1.14

Action by applicant: 1.111-1.116, 1.121-1.138

Address, Correspondence, only one recognized by Office: 1.33(c)

Address for notice to Director of appeal to Fed. Cir: 90.2

Address of Solicitor's Office: 1.1(a)(3)

Address of the Patent and Trademark Office: 1.1

Mail Stop Assignment Recordation Services: 1.1(a)(4), 3.27

Mail Stop Document Services: 1.1(a)(4)

Mail Stop Ex Parte Reexam: 1.1(c)(1), 1.1(c)(4)

Mail Stop Inter Partes Reexam: 1.1(c)(2)

Mail Stop Interference: 41.10(b)

Mail Stop OED: 1.1(a)(5), 4.6

Mail Stop Patent Ext: 1.1(e)

Mail Stop PCT: 1.1(b)

Mail Stop Supplemental Examination: 1.1(c)(3)

Adjustment of patent term. (See Patent term adjustment)

Administrator, executor, or other legal representative may make application and receive patent: 1.42, 1.43

In an international application: 1.422

Oath or declaration: 1.64

Admission to practice. (See Attorneys and agents)

Affidavit (see also Oath in patent application):

After appeal: 41.33(d)

In support of application for reissue: 1.175

To disqualify commonly owned patent as prior art: 1.131(c)

To overcome cited patent or publication: 1.131

Traversing grounds of rejection: 1.132

Agents. (See Attorneys and agents)

Allowance and issue of patent:

Amendment after allowance (before or with issue fee): 1.312

Deferral of issuance: 1.314

Delivery of patent: 1.315

Failure to pay issue fee: 1.137(c), 1.316

Issuance of patent: 1.314

Notice of allowance: 1.311

Patent to issue upon payment of issue fee: 1.314

Reasons for: 1.104(e)

Withdrawal from issue: 1.313


Adding or substituting claims: 1.111, 1.121

After appeal: 1.116, 41.33, 41.63

After decision on appeal, based on new rejection of Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.50(b)

After final action: 1.116, 41.33

After final action (transitional procedures): 1.129

After notice of allowance: 1.312

By patent owner: 1.530

Copying claim of another application for interference: 41.202

Copying claim of issued patent: 41.202

Deletions and insertions: 1.121

Drawings: 1.84, 1.85, 1.121(d)

Manner of making: 1.121

May be required: 1.121

New matter prohibited: 1.121(f), 1.173(a)

Numbering of claims: 1.126

Of amendments: 1.121

Of claims: 1.111, 1.121

Of disclosure: 1.121

Of drawing: 1.121(d)

Of specification: 1.121

Paper and writing: 1.52

Petition from refusal to admit: 1.127

Preliminary: 1.115

Proposed during interference: 41.121, 41.208

Provisional application: 1.53(c), 1.121(k)

Reexamination proceedings: 1.121(j), 1.530, 1.941

Reissue: 1.121(i), 1.173(b)

Requisites of: 1.33(b), 1.111, 1.116, 1.121, 1.125

Right to amend: 1.111, 1.114, 1.116, 1.121, 1.127

Signature to: 1.33(b)

Substitute specification: 1.125

Time for: 1.134

To applications in interference: 41.121, 41.208

To correct inaccuracies: 1.121(e)

To correspond to original drawing or specification: 1.121(e)

To reissues: 1.121(i), 1.173

To save from abandonment: 1.135

America Invents Act Post-Grant Proceedings (See Inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method review, and derivation proceeding)

Amino Acid Sequences. (See Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequences)

Appeal to Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit:

Fee provided by rules of court: 90.2

From Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 90.1-90.3

Notice and reasons of appeal: 90.2

Reexamination, inter partes proceeding: 1.983

Time for: 90.3

Appeal to Patent Trial and Appeal Board:

Action following decision: 41.54

Affidavits after appeal: 41.33(d)

Brief: 41.37

Decision by Board: 41.50(b)

Examiner's answer: 41.39

Fees: 41.20, 41.45

Hearing of: 41.47

New grounds for rejecting a claim: 41.50(b)

Notice of appeal: 41.31

Reexamination, inter partes proceeding: 1.959

Rehearing: 41.52

Reopening after decision: 1.198

Reply brief: 41.41

Statement of grounds for rejecting, by Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.50

Applicant for patent: 1.42, 1.421

Change: 1.46, 1.472

Deceased or legally incapacitated inventor: 1.43, 1.422

Executor or administrator: 1.43

Informed of application number: 1.54(b)

Letters for, sent to attorney or agent: 1.33(a)

May be represented by patent practitioner: 1.31

Must be represented by patent practitioner if juristic entity: 1.31

Personal attendance unnecessary: 1.2

Required to conduct business with decorum and courtesy: 1.3

Required to report assistance received: 1.4(g)

Application data sheet: 1.76

Application for patent (see also Abandoned applications, Claims, Drawing, Examination of application Reissues, Provisional applications, Specification):

Access to: 1.14

Acknowledgement of filing: 1.54(b)

Alteration after execution: 1.52(c)

Alteration before execution: 1.52(c)

Applicant: 1.42

Application number and filing date: 1.54

Arrangement: 1.77, 1.154, 1.163

Continuation or division, reexecution not required: 1.63(d)

Continued Prosecution Application (CPA), Design: 1.53(d)

Copies of, furnished to applicants: 1.59(c)

Cross-references to related applications: 1.78

Deceased or legally incapacitated inventor: 1.43, 1.64

International phase: 1.422

Declaration in lieu of oath: 1.68

Duty of disclosure: 1.56

Elements of, order and arrangement of: 1.77, 1.154, 1.163

Filed apparently without all figures of drawing:

Petition and filing of missing figures seeking new filing date: 1.182

Petition asserting all figures of drawing were filed: 1.53(e)

Filed apparently without all pages of specification, petition asserting all pages were filed: 1.53(e)

Filed apparently without any drawing, petition asserting drawing was filed, or was not necessary, or adding drawing and seeking new filing date: 1.53(e)

Filed by other than inventor: 1.42, 1.43, 1.46

Filed by reference: 1.57(a)

International phase: 1.421(c), 1.422

Filing and national fees: 1.16, 1.445, 1.492

Filing date: 1.53

International application: 1.431(b)

Foreign language oath or declaration: 1.69

Formulas and tables: 1.58

General requisites: 1.51

Identification required in letters concerning: 1.5

Incomplete application not forwarded for examination: 1.53

Language, paper, writing, margin: 1.52

Later completion of nonprovisional application: 1.53(f)

Must be made by actual inventor, with exceptions: 1.42, 1.46, 1.64

Names of all inventors required: 1.41, 1.53

Non-English language: 1.52(b)(1)(ii)

Nonprovisional application forwarded for examination only when complete: 1.53

Nonprovisional filing of petition to convert to a provisional application: 1.53(c)(2)

Owned by Government: 1.103(f)

Papers forming part of original disclosure not to be expunged: 1.59(a)(2)

Parts filed separately: 1.54

Parts of application desirably filed together: 1.54

Parts of complete application: 1.51

Processing fees: 1.17

Provisional application: 1.9(a)(2), 1.51(c), 1.53(c), 1.121(k)

Publication. (See Publication of applications)

Relating to atomic energy: 1.14(d)

Reservation for future application not permitted: 1.79

Secrecy order: 5.1-5.5

Tables and formulas: 1.58

To be made to Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: 1.51

To claim one independent and distinct invention: 1.141

Two or more by same party with patentably indistinct claims: 1.78(f), (g)

Application number: 1.5(a), 1.53(a), 1.54(b)

Application size fee: 1.16(s), 1.52(f)

Arbitration award filing: 1.335

Arbitration in interference: 41.126

Assertion of micro entity status: 1.29

Assertion of small entity status: 1.27(c)


Correspondence held with assignee of entire interest: 3.71, 3.73

Establishing ownership: 3.73(b)

If of entire interest, patent may issue to: 1.46, 3.81

If of undivided part interest, correspondence will be held with inventor: 1.33

If of undivided part interest, must assent to application for reissue of patent: 1.172

If of undivided part interest, patent may issue jointly: 1.46, 3.81

May conduct prosecution of application: 3.71, 3.73

May take action in interference: 41.9

Assignments and recording:

Abstracts of title, fee for: 1.19(b)

Conditional assignments: 3.56

Correction of Cover Sheet errors: 3.34

Cover Sheet required: 3.28, 3.31

Date of receipt is date of record: 3.51

Effect of recording: 3.54

Fees: 1.21(h), 3.41

If recorded before payment of issue fee, patent may issue to assignee: 3.81

Impact on entitlement to micro entity status: 1.29

Impact on entitlement to small entity status: 1.27

May serve as inventor's oath or declaration: 1.63(e)

Must be recorded in Patent and Trademark Office to issue patent to assignee: 3.81

Must identify patent or application: 3.21

Orders for copies of: 1.12

Patent may issue to assignee: 3.81

Recording of assignments: 3.11

Records open to public inspection: 1.12

Requirements for recording: 3.21-3.41

What will be accepted for recording: 3.11

Atomic energy applications reported to Department of Energy: 1.14

Attorneys and agents:

Acting in a representative capacity: 1.33, 1.34

Assignment will not operate as a revocation of power: 1.36

Certificate of good standing: 1.21(a)(4)

Fee on admission: 1.21(a)

Office cannot aid in selection of: 1.31

Personal interviews with examiners: 1.133

Power of attorney: 1.32

Representation in international application: 1.455

Representative capacity: 1.33, 1.34

Required to conduct business with decorum and courtesy: 1.3

Revocation of power: 1.36(a)

Withdrawal of: 1.36(b), 41.5

Authorization of agents. (See Attorneys and agents)

Award in arbitration: 1.335


Balance in deposit account: 1.25

Basic filing fee: 1.16

Basic national fee: 1.492

Benefit of earlier application: 1.78

Bill in equity. (See Civil action)

Biological material. (See Deposit of Biological material)

Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (renamed as Patent Trial and Appeal Board). (See Appeal to Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review, Derivation Proceeding, Patent Trial Practice and Procedure, and Interferences)


In petitions to Director: 1.181

On appeal to Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.37

Business to be conducted with decorum and courtesy: 1.3

Business to be transacted in writing: 1.2


Certificate of correction: 1.322, 1.323

Fee: 1.20(a)

Mistakes not corrected: 1.325

Certificate of mailing (as first class mail) or transmission: 1.8

Certificate, reexamination: 1.570

Certified copies of records, papers, etc: 1.4(f), 1.13

Chemical and mathematical formulas and tables: 1.58

Citation of prior art in patent: 1.501

Citation of references by examiner: 1.104(d)

Civil action: 90.1-90.3

Claims (see also Examination of applications):

Amendment of: 1.121

Date of invention of: 1.110

Dependent: 1.75

Design patent: 1.153

International: 1.1025

May be in dependent form: 1.75

More than one permitted: 1.75

Multiple dependent: 1.75

Must conform to invention and specification: 1.75

Notice of rejection of: 1.104

Numbering of: 1.126

Part of complete application: 1.51

Patentably indistinct, same applicant or owner: 1.78(f), (g)

Plant patent: 1.164

Rejection of: 1.104(c)

Required: 1.75

Separate Sheet required for commencement of claim(s): 1.52(b), 1.75(h)

Twice or finally rejected before appeal: 41.31(a)

Color drawing: 1.84(a)(2)

Color photographs: 1.84(b)(2)

Common Ownership, statement by assignee may be required: 1.78

Compact disc submissions:

Computer program listings: 1.96

Requirements: 1.52(e)

Sequence listings: 1.821(c)

Tables: 1.58

Complaints against examiners, how presented: 1.3

Composition of matter, specimens of ingredients may be required: 1.93

Computer program listings: 1.96

Concurrent office proceedings: 1.565

Conduct of ex parte reexamination proceedings: 1.550

Continued examination, request for: 1.114

Continued Prosecution Application (CPA), Design: 1.53(d)

Continuing application for invention disclosed and claimed in prior application: 1.53(b)

Copies of patents, published applications, records, etc.: 1.11, 1.12, 1.13

Copies of records, fees: 1.19(b), 1.59

Copyright notice in drawings: 1.84(s)

Copyright notice in specification: 1.71(d)

Corrected publication of application: 1.221

Correction, certificate of: 1.322, 1.323

Correction of inventorship: 1.48, 1.324


Address, only one recognized: 1.33(c)

Addresses for non-trademark correspondence: 1.1

Business with the Office to be transacted by: 1.2

Discourteous communications not entered: 1.3

Double, with different parties in interest not allowed: 1.33

Facsimile transmissions: 1.6(d)

Held with attorney or agent: 1.33

Identification of application or patent in letter relating to: 1.5

Involving national security: 5.1

May be held exclusively with assignee of entire interest: 3.71

Nature of: 1.4

Patent owners in reexamination: 1.33(c)

Receipt of letters and papers: 1.6

Rules for conducting in general: 1.1-1.8

Separate letter for each subject or inquiry: 1.4(c)

Signature requirements: 1.4(d)

When no attorney or agent: 1.33

With attorney or agent after power or authorization is filed: 1.33

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, appeal to. (See Appeal to Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit)

CPA (Continued Prosecution Application), Design: 1.53(d)

Credit card payment: 1.23

Covered Business Method Patent Review. (See also Patent Trial Practice and Procedure; Post-Grant Review):

General: 42.300-42.304

Procedure; pendency: 42.300

Definitions: 42.301

Content of petition: 42.304

Time for filing: 42.303

Who may petition: 42.302

Customer Number:

Defined: 1.32(a)(5)

Required to establish a Fee Address: 1.363(c)


Date of invention of subject matter of individual claims: 1.110

Day for taking any action or paying any fee falling on Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday: 1.7, 1.9(h)

Daytime telephone number: 1.33(a)

Death or legal incapacitation of inventor: 1.43

In an international application: 1.422

Decision on appeal by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.50

Action following decision: 41.54

Declaration (See also Oath in patent application).

Foreign language: 1.69

In lieu of oath: 1.68

In patent application: 1.68

Requirements to enter the U.S. national phase: 1.497

Deferral of examination: 1.103


Applicant: 1.42

Assignment: 3.1

Customer Number: 1.32(a)(5)

Document: 3.1

Effective filing date of a claimed invention: 1.109

Federal holiday within the District of Columbia: 1.9(h)

Inventorship: 1.9(d), 1.41

Joint Research Agreement: 1.9(e)

Micro entity: 1.29

National and international applications: 1.9

National security classified: 1.9(i)

Nonprofit organization(for small entity purposes): 1.27(a)(3)

Nonprovisional application: 1.9(a)(3)

Paper: 1.9(k)

Person (for small entity purposes): 1.27(a)(1)

Power of attorney: 1.32(a)(2)

Principal: 1.32(a)(3)

Provisional application: 1.9(a)(2)

Published application: 1.9(c)

Recorded document: 3.1

Revocation: 1.32(a)(4)

Service of process: 15 C.F.R. Part 15

Small business concern (for small entity purposes): 1.27(a)(2)

Small entity: 1.27(a)

Terms under Patent Cooperation Treaty: 1.401

Delivery of patent: 1.315

Deposit accounts: 1.25

Fees: 1.21(b)

Deposit of computer program listings: 1.96

Deposit of biological material:

Acceptable depository: 1.803

Biological material: 1.801

Examination procedures: 1.809

Furnishing of samples: 1.808

Need or Opportunity to make a deposit: 1.802

Replacement or supplemental deposit: 1.805

Term of deposit: 1.806

Time of making original deposit: 1.804

Viability of deposit: 1.807

Depositions (See also Testimony in interferences):

Certificate of officer to accompany: 41.157(e)

Formalities to be observed in preparing: 41.157

Person before whom taken: 41.157

Description of invention. (See Specification)

Design Patent Applications:

Arrangement of specification: 1.154

Claim: 1.153(a)

Description: 1.153(a)

Drawing: 1.152

Expedited Examination: 1.155

Filing fee: 1.16(b)

International. (See Hague Agreement)

Issue fee: 1.18(b)

Oath: 1.153(b)

Rules applicable: 1.151

Title: 1.153(a)

Determination of request for ex parte reexamination: 1.515

Derivation Proceeding (See also Patent Trial Practice and Procedure)

General: 42.400-42.407

Procedure; pendency: 42.400

Definitions: 42.401

Who may petition: 42.402

Time for filing: 42.403

Derivation Fee: 42.15, 42.404

Content of petition: 42.405

Service of petition: 42.406

Filing date: 42.407

Institution of derivation proceeding: 42.408

After Institution: 42.409-42.412

Settlement agreement: 42.409

Arbitration: 42.410

Common interests in the invention: 42.411

Public availability of Board records: 42.412

Director of the USPTO (See also Petition to the Director):

Address of: 1.1

Availability of decisions by: 1.14

Cases decided by Board reopened only by: 1.198

Initiates ex parte reexamination: 1.520

Disclaimer, statutory:

During interference: 41.127(b)

Fee: 1.20(d)

Requirements of: 1.321

Terminal: 1.321

Discovery in interferences: 41.150

Division. (See Restriction of application)

Division of patent on reissue: 1.177

Document supply fees: 1.19


Amendment of: 1.121(d)

Annotated drawings: 1.121(d)

Arrangement of views: 1.84(i)

Arrows: 1.84(r)

Character of lines: 1.84(l)

Color: 1.84(a)(2)

Content of drawing: 1.83

Conventional features: 1.83(a)

Copyright notice: 1.84(s)

Correction: 1.84(w), 1.85(c), 1.121(d)

Cost of copies of: 1.19

Description, brief and detailed: 1.74

Design application: 1.152

Figure for front page: 1.76(b)(3), 1.84(j)

Filed with application: 1.81

Graphics: 1.84(d)

Hatching and shading: 1.84(m)

Holes: 1.84(x)

Identification: 1.84(c)

If of an improvement, must show connection with old structure: 1.83(b)

Incorporation by reference to prior application: 1.57

In international applications: 1.437

Ink: 1.84(a)(1)

Lead lines: 1.84(q)

Legends: 1.84(o)

Letters: 1.84(p)

Location of names: 1.84(c)

Margin: 1.84(g)

Mask work notice: 1.84(s)

Must show every feature of the invention: 1.83(a)

No return or release: 1.85(b)

Numbering of sheets: 1.84(t)

Numbering of views: 1.84(u)

Numbers: 1.84(p)

Original should be retained by applicant: 1.81(a)

Paper: 1.84(e)

Part of application papers: 1.52(b)

Photographs: 1.84(b)

Plant patent application: 1.81, 1.165

Printed and published by the Office when patented: 1.84

Reference letters, numerals, and characters: 1.74, 1.84(p)

Reissue: 1.173(a)(2)

Release not permitted: 1.85(b)

Replacement drawings: 1.121(d)

Required by law when necessary for understanding: 1.81

Scale: 1.84(k)

Security markings: 1.84(v)

Shading: 1.84(m)

Size of sheet: 1.84(f)

Standards for drawings: 1.84

Symbols: 1.84(n)

Views: 1.84(h)

When necessary, part of complete application: 1.51

Duplicate copies: 1.4(b)

Duty of disclosure: 1.56, 1.555, 1.933

Patent term extension: 1.765


Early publication of application: 1.219

Eighteen-month publication of applications. (See Publication of applications)

Election of species: 1.146

Electronic documents: 1.52(e)

Application size fee: 1.16(s), 1.52(f)

Non-electronic filing fee: 1.16(t)

Electronic filing of application: 1.6(a)(4), 1.52(a)(5)

Establishing micro entity status: 1.29

Establishing small entity status: 1.27, 1.28

Evidence. (See Testimony in interferences)

Ex parte reexamination. (See Reexamination)

Examination of applications:

Advancement of examination: 1.102

As to form: 1.104(a)(1)

Citation of references: 1.104(d)

Completeness of examiner's action: 1.104(b)

Deferral of: 1.103

Examiner's action: 1.104(a)

International-type search: 1.104(a)(3)

Nature of examination: 1.104(a)

Prioritized examination: 1.102(e)

Reasons for allowance: 1.104(e)

Reconsideration after rejection if requested: 1.111

Reissue: 1.176

Rejection of claims: 1.104(c)

Request for continued examination(RCE): 1.114

Requirement for information by examiner: 1.105

Suspension of action by the Office: 1.103


Answers on appeal: 41.39

Complaints against: 1.3

Interviews with: 1.133, 1.560

Executors: 1.42, 1.64, 1.422

Exhibits. (See Models and exhibits)

Expedited examination of design applications: 1.155

Export of technical data: 5.19, 5.20

Express abandonment: 1.138

To avoid publication: 1.138(c)

Priority Mail Express®: 1.10

Date of receipt of: 1.6

Petition in regard to: 1.10

Expungement of information: 1.59

Extension of patent term. (See also Patent term adjustment):

Due to examination delay under the URAA (35 U.S.C. 154): 1.701

Due to regulatory review period (35 U.S.C. 156):

Applicant for: 1.730

Application for: 1.740

Calculation of term:

Animal Drug Product: 1.778

Food or color additive: 1.776

Human drug product: 1.775

Medical device: 1.777

Veterinary biological product: 1.779

Certificate: 1.780

Conditions for: 1.720

Determination of eligibility: 1.750

Duty of disclosure: 1.765

Filing date of application: 1.741

Formal requirements: 1.740

Incomplete application: 1.741

Interim extension: 1.760, 1.790

Multiple applications: 1.785

Patents subject to: 1.710

Signature requirements for application: 1.730

Withdrawal of application: 1.770

Extension of time: 1.136

Fees: 1.17(a)

Interference proceedings: 41.4

Reexamination proceedings: 1.550(c)


Facsimile transmissions: 1.6(d), 1.8

Federal Holiday, time for taking action: 1.7, 1.9(h)

Federal Register, publication of rules in: 1.351

Fees and payment of money:

Credit card: 1.23(b)

Deposit account: 1.25

Document supply fees: 1.19

Extension of time: 1.17(a)

Fee on appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit provided by rules of court: 90.2

Fees payable in advance: 1.22(a)

For international-type search report: 1.21(e)

Foreign filing license petition: 1.17(g)

Itemization required: 1.22(b)

Method of payment: 1.23

Money by mail at risk of sender: 1.23(a)

Money paid by mistake or in excess: 1.26

Necessary for application to be complete: 1.51

Petition fees: 1.17(f), 1.17(g), 1.17(h), 41.20(a)

Prioritized examination: 1.17(c)

Processing fees: 1.17(i)

Publication of application: 1.18(d), 1.211(e)

Reexamination request: 1.20(c)

Refunds: 1.26, 1.28

Relating to international applications: 1.445, 1.492

Schedule of fees and charges: 1.16-1.21

Files open to the public: 1.11, 1.14

Filing, search and examination fees: 1.16

Filing date of application: 1.53

Filing of interference settlement agreements: 41.205

Final rejection:

Appeal from: 41.31

Response to: 1.113, 1.114, 1.116, 1.129

When and how given: 1.113

First Class Mail: 1.8

Foreign application: 1.55

License to file: 5.11-5.25

Foreign country:

Taking oath in: 1.66

Taking testimony in: 41.156, 41.157

Foreign mask work protection

Part 150

Evaluation of request: 150.4

Definition: 150.1

Duration of proclamation: 150.5

Initiation of evaluation: 150.2

Mailing address: 150.6

Submission of requests: 150.3

Formulas and tables in patent applications: 1.58

Fraud practiced or attempted on Office: 1.27(h), 1.56, 1.555, 1.765

Freedom of Information Act: Part 102


Gazette. (See Official Gazette)

General authorization to charge deposit account: 1.25

General information and correspondence: 1.1-1.8, 1.10

Government acquisition of foreign patent rights: Part 501

Government employee invention: Part 501

Government interest in patent, recording of: 3.11, 3.31, 3.41, 3.58

Governmental registers: 3.58


Hague Agreement:

International design applications: 1.1001-1.1071

Access to: 1.14(j)

Applied for by person/entity other than inventor: 1.46(b)

Benefit claim in: 1.78(d), 1.78(e)

Definition of: 1.9(n)

Deposit account usage in: 1.25

Drawing corrections in: 1.121(d)

Expedited examination of: 1.155

Incorporation by reference as to inadvertently omitted portion of specification or drawing(s): 1.57(b)

Inventorship in: 1.41(f)

Priority claim in: 1.55(m)


Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.47

Fee for appeal hearing: 41.20

In disciplinary proceedings: 11. 44

Of motions in interferences: 41.124

Holiday, time for action expiring on: 1.6, 1.7


Identification of application, patent or registration: 1.5

Incorporation by Reference: 1.57

Information disclosure statement:

At time of filing application: 1.51(d)

Content of: 1.98

Not permitted in provisional applications: 1.51(d)

Reexamination: 1.555, 1.902

To comply with duty of disclosure: 1.97

Information, Public: Part 102

Inter partes reexamination. (See Reexamination)

Interferences. (See also Depositions, Notice, Statement in interferences, Testimony in interferences):

Abandonment of the contest: 41.127(b)

Access to applications: 41.109

Action by examiner after interference: 41.127

Addition of new party by judge: 41.203

Amendment during: 41.121, 41.208

Appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: 90.1-90.3

Applicant requests: 41.202

Arbitration: 41.126

Burden of proof: 41.121(b)

Civil action: 90.1-90.3

Concession of priority: 41.127(b)

Correspondence: 41.10

Decision on motions: 41.125

Declaration of interference: 41.203

Definition: 41.100, 41.201

Disclaimer to avoid interference: 41.127(b)

Discovery: 41.150

Extensions of time: 41.4

Identifying claim from patent: 41.202

In what cases declared: 41.203

Inspection of cases of opposing parties: 41.109

Interference with a patent: 41.202

Judgment: 41.127

Junior party fails to overcome filing date of senior party: 41.204

Jurisdiction of interference: 41.103

Manner of service of papers: 41.106

Motions: 41.121, 41.155, 41.208

Notice and access to applications of opposing parties: 41.109

Notice of basis for relief: 41.120, 41.204

Notice of reexamination, reissue, protest or litigation: 41.8

Notice to file civil action: 90.2

Oral argument: 41.124

Ownership of applications or patents involved: 41.206

Petitions: 41.3

Preparation for: 41.202

Priority statement: 41.204

Prosecution by assignee: 41.9

Recommendation by Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.127

Record and exhibits: 41.106, 41.154

Records of, when open to public: 1.11, 41.6

Reissue filed by patentee during: 41.203

Request by applicant: 41.202

Return of unauthorized papers: 41.128

Review of decision by civil action: 90.1-90.3

Same party: 41.206

Sanctions for failure to comply with rules or order: 41.128

Sanctions for taking and maintaining a frivolous position: 41.128

Secrecy order cases: 5.3(b)

Service of papers: 41.106

Status of claims of defeated applicant after interference: 41.127

Statutory disclaimer by patentee during: 41.127(b)

Suggestion of claims for interference: 41.202

Suspension of other proceedings: 41.103

Testimony copies: 41.157

Time period for completion: 41.200

Times for discovery and taking testimony: 41.150, 41.156, 41.157

Translation of document in foreign language: 41.154

International application. (See Patent Cooperation Treaty)

International Bureau: 1.415

International design application. (See Hague Agreement)

International Preliminary Examining Authority, United States as: 1.416

International Searching Authority, United States as: 1.413

Interview summary: 1.133

Interviews with examiner: 1.133, 1.560

Inter Partes Review. (See also Patent Trial Practice and Procedure):

General: 42.100-42.107

Procedure; pendency: 42.100

Who may petition: 42.101

Time for filing: 42.102

Fee: 42.15, 42.103

Content of petition: 42.104

Service of petition: 42.105

Filing date: 42.106

Preliminary response: 42.107

Instituting a review: 42.108

After Institution: 42.120-42.123

Patent owner response: 42.120

Motion to amend: 42.121

Multiple proceedings; joinder: 42.122

Supplemental information: 42.123

Invention promoters:

Complaints regarding: 4.1-4.6

Publication of: 4.1, 4.3, 4.5

Reply to: 4.4

Submission of: 4.3

Withdrawal of: 4.4

Definition: 4.2

Inventor (see also Oath in patent application):

Death or legal incapacity of: 1.43

In international application: 1.422,

May apply for patent: 1.42

Unavailable or refuses to sign application: 1.64

Inventor's certificate priority benefit: 1.55

Inventorship and date of invention of the subject matter of individual claims: 1.110

Issue fee: 1.18

Issue of patent. (See Allowance and issue of patent)


Joinder of inventions in one application: 1.141-1.146

Joint inventors: 1.45, 1.47, 1.48, 1.324, 1.421(b)

Joint patent to inventor and assignee: 1.46, 3.81


After decision by Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 1.197, 1.198

After notice of allowance: 1.312, 1.313

Of involved files in contested case: 41.103


Law School Clinic Certification Program: 11.16-11.17

Legal representative of deceased or incapacitated inventor: 1.42, 1.43, 1.64

In international application: 1.422

Legal Processes: Part 104

Legibility of papers which are to become part of the permanent Office records: 1.52(a)

Letters to the Office. (See Correspondence)

Library service fee: 1.19(c)

License and assignment of government interest in patent: 3.11, 3.31, 3.41

License for foreign filing: 5.11-5.15

List of U.S. Patents classified in a subclass, cost of: 1.19(d)

Local delivery box rental: 1.21(d)

Lost files: 1.251


Mail Stops

Mail Stop Assignment Recordation Services: 1.1(a)(4), 3.27

Mail Stop Document Services: 1.1(a)(4)

Mail Stop Ex parte Reexam: 1.1(c)(1), 1.1(c)(4)

Mail Stop Inter partes Reexam: 1.1(c)(2)

Mail Stop Interference: 41.10(b)

Mail Stop OED: 1.1(a)(5), 4.6

Mail Stop Patent Ext: 1.1(e)

Mail Stop PCT: 1.1(b), 1.417, 1.434(a), 1.480(b)

Mail Stop Supplemental Examination: 1.1(c)(3)

Maintenance fees: 1.20(e)-(h)

Acceptance of delayed payment of: 1.378

Address for payments and correspondence: 1.1(d)

Fee address for: 1.363

Review of decision refusing to accept: 1.377

Submission of: 1.366

Time for payment of: 1.362

Mask work notice in specification: 1.71(d)

Mask work notice on drawing: 1.84(s)

Mask work protection, foreign: Part 150

Microorganisms. (See Deposit of Biological Material)

Minimum balance in deposit accounts: 1.25

Misjoinder of inventor: 1.48, 1.324, 1.497(d)

Missing pages when application filed

Petition alleging there were no missing pages: 1.53(e)

Petition with new oath or declaration and later submission of missing pages seeking new filing date: 1.182

Mistake in patent, certificate thereof issued: 1.322, 1.323

Models and exhibits:

Copies of: 1.95

Disposal unless return arrangements made: 1.94

In contested cases: 41.154

May be required if deemed necessary in examination of application: 1.91(b)

Model not generally admitted as part of application or patent: 1.91

Not to be taken from the Office except in custody of sworn employee: 1.95

Return of: 1.94

Working model may be required: 1.91(b)

Money. (See Fees and payment of money)

Motions in interference: 41.121, 41.155, 41.208

To take testimony in foreign country: 41.156, 41.157


Name of applicant: 1.41

New matter inadmissible in application: 1.53(b), 1.121(f)

New matter inadmissible in reexamination: 1.530(d), 1.552(b)

New matter inadmissible in reissue: 1.173

Non-English language specification fee: 1.17(i)

Nonprofit organization:

Definition (for small entity purposes): 1.27(a)(3)

Nonpublication request: 1.213


Of allowance of application: 1.311

Of appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: 90.1-90.3

Of arbitration award: 1.335

Of defective reexamination request: 1.510(c)

Of interference: 41.101, 41.203

Of oral hearings on appeals before Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.47

Of rejection of an application: 1.104(a)

Nucleotide and/or Amino Acid Sequences:

Amendments to: 1.825

Disclosure in patent application: 1.821

Form and format for computer readable form: 1.824

Format for sequence data: 1.822

Replacement of: 1.825

Requirements: 1.823

Submission on compact disc: 1.52, 1.821, 1.823


Oath or declaration (inventor's) in patent application:

Assignment may serve as: 1.63(e)

Apostilles: 1.66

Before whom taken in foreign countries: 1.66

Before whom taken in the United States: 1.66

By administrator or executor: 1.42, 1.63, 1.64, 1.497(b)

Certificate of Officer administering: 1.66

Continuation-in-part: 1.63(e)

Declaration in lieu of oath: 1.68

Foreign language: 1.69

Identification of specification to which it is directed: 1.63

International application, National Stage: 1.497

Inventor's Certificate: 1.63

Made by inventor: 1.41, 1.63, 1.64

Officers authorized to administer oaths: 1.66: Part of complete application: 1.51

Person making: 1.63, 1.64

Plant patent application: 1.162

Requirements of: 1.63

Sealed: 1.66

Signature to: 1.4, 1.63, 1.64, 1.67

Substitute Statement: 1.64

Supplemental: 1.67

To acknowledge duty of disclosure: 1.63

When taken abroad to seal all papers: 1.66

Oath or declaration in reissue application: 1.172, 1.175

Object of the invention: 1.73

Office action time for reply: 1.134

Office fees. (See Fees and payment of money)

Official action, based exclusively upon the written record: 1.2

Official business, should be transacted in writing: 1.2

Official Gazette:

Amendments to rules published in: 1.351

Announces request for reexamination: 1.11(c), 1.525, 1.904

Notice of filing application to nonsigning inventor: 1.47

Notice of issuance of ex parte reexamination certificate: 1.570(f)

Notice of issuance of inter partes reexamination certificate: 1.997

Service of notices in: 41.101

Oral statements: 1.2

Order to reexamine: 1.525

Ownership, statement establishing by assignee: 3.73(b)


Paper, definition of: 1.9(k)

Papers (requirements to become part of Office permanent records): 1.52

Handwritten, not permitted: 1.52(a)

Papers not received on Saturday, Sunday or holidays: 1.6

Patent application. (See Application for patent and Provisional patent applications)

Patent application publication. (See Published application)

Patent attorneys and agents. (See Attorneys and agents)

Patent Cooperation Treaty:

Amendments and corrections during international processing: 1.471

Amendments during international preliminary examination: 1.485

Applicant for international application: 1.421

Changes in person, name and address, where filed: 1.421(f), 1.472

Claim content and format in an international application: 1.436

Commencement of the national stage: 1.491(a)

Conduct of international preliminary examination: 1.484

Definition of terms: 1.401

Delays in meeting time limits: 1.468

Demand for international preliminary examination: 1.480

Designation of States: 1.432

Election of States: 1.480(d)

Entry into national stage: 1.491(b), 1.495

Examination at national stage: 1.496


Due within one month of filing international application: 1.431(c)

Failure to pay results in withdrawal of application: 1.431(d), 1.432

Filing and processing fees: 1.445

International preliminary examination: 1.481, 1.482

National stage: 1.492

Refunds: 1.26, 1.446, 1.480(c)

Filing by other than inventor: 1.421(c), 1.422

International application requirements: 1.431

Abstract: 1.438

Claims: 1.436

Description: 1.435

Drawings: 1.437

Physical requirements: 1.433

Request: 1.434

International Bureau: 1.415

Inventor deceased: 1.422, 1.497

Inventor insane or legally incapacitated: 1.497

Inventors, joint: 1.421(b), 1.497

National stage examination: 1.496

Oath or declaration at national stage: 1.497

Priority, claim for: 1.451, 1.452

Record copy to International Bureau, Transmittal procedures: 1.461

Representation by attorney or agent: 1.455

Time limits for processing applications: 1.465, 1.468


Of international application for U.S. national phase: 1.495

Of publication of international application for provisional rights: 1.417

United States as:

Designated or Elected Office: 1.414

International Preliminary Examining Authority: 1.416

International Searching Authority: 1.413

Receiving Office: 1.412

Unity of invention:

Before International Searching Authority: 1.475, 1.476

Before International Preliminary Examining Authority: 1.488

National stage: 1.475, 1.499

Protest to lack of: 1.477, 1.489

Withdrawal of international application, designations, priority claims, demands and elections: 1.421(g), 1.431(d)

Patent Law Treaty:

Model International Forms: 1.76, 3.31(h)

Patent term adjustment due to examination delay: 1.702-1.705

Application for: 1.705

Determination: 1.705

Grounds for: 1.702

Period of adjustment: 1.703

Reduction of period of adjustment: 1.704

Patent term extension due to examination delay: 1.701

Patent term extension due to regulatory review period. (See Extension of patent term due to regulatory review period (35 U.S.C. 156))

Patentee notified of interference: 41.101, 41.203

Patents. (see also Allowance and issue of Patent):

Available for license or sale, publication of notice: 1.21(i)

Certified copies of: 1.13

Correction of errors in: 1.171, 1.322, 1.323, 1.324

Delivery of: 1.315

Disclaimer: 1.321

Identification required in letters concerning: 1.5

Obtainable by civil action: 90.1-90.3

Price of copies: 1.19

Records of, open to public: 1.11

Reissuing of, when defective: 1.171-1.178

Payment of fees: 1.23

Person, definition for small entity purposes: 1.27(a)(1)

Personal attendance unnecessary: 1.2

Petition for reissue: 1.171, 1.172

Patent Trial and Appeal Board. (See Appeal to Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Inter Partes Review, Post-Grant Review, Derivation Proceeding, Patent Trial Practice and Procedure, and Interferences)

Patent Trial Practice and Procedure (see also inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method patent review, and derivation proceeding)

General: 42.1-42.14

Policy: 42.1

Definitions: 42.2

Jurisdiction: 42.3

Notice of trial: 42.4

Conduct of the proceeding: 42.5

Filing of documents, including exhibits; service: 42.6

Management of the record: 42.7

Mandatory notices: 42.8

Action by patent owner: 42.9

Counsel: 42.10

Duty of candor; signing papers; representations to the Board; sanctions: 42.11

Sanctions: 42.12

Citation of authority: 42.13

Public availability: 42.14

Fees: 42.15

Petition and Motion Practice: 42.20-42.25

General: 42.20

Notice of basis for relief: 42.21

Content of petitions and motions: 42.22

Oppositions and replies: 42.23

Type-volume or page and word count limits for petitions, motions, oppositions and replies: 42.24

Default filing times: 42.25

Testimony and Production: 42.51-42.65

Discovery: 42.51

Compelling testimony and production: 42.52

Taking testimony: 42.53

Protective order: 42.54

Confidential information in a petition: 42.55

Expungement of confidential information: 42.56

Admissibility: 42.61

Applicability of the Federal Rules of Evidence: 42.62

Form of evidence: 42.63

Objection; motion to exclude: 42.64

Expert testimony; tests and data: 42.65

Oral Argument, Decision, and Settlement: 42.70-74

Oral argument: 42.70

Decision on petitions or motions: 42.71

Termination of trial: 42.72

Judgment: 42.73

Settlement: 42.74

Certificate: 42.80

Petition to the Director:

Fees: 1.17

For delayed payment of issue fee: 1.137

For license for foreign filing: 5.12

For the revival of an abandoned application: 1.137

From formal objections or requirements: 1.113, 1.181

From requirement for restriction: 1.129, 1.144

General requirements: 1.181

In interferences: 41.3

In reexamination: 1.515(c)

On refusal of examiner to admit amendment: 1.127

Petition to accept an unintentionally delayed claim for domestic benefit: 1.78

Petition to accept an unintentionally delayed claim for foreign priority: 1.55

Questions not specifically provided for: 1.182

Suspension of rules: 1.183

To exercise supervisory authority: 1.181

To make special: 1.102

Plant patent applications:

Applicant: 1.42, 1.162

Claim: 1.164

Declaration: 1.162

Description: 1.162

Drawings: 1.165

Examination: 1.167

Fee for copies: 1.19

Filing fee: 1.16(c)

Issue fee: 1.18(c)

Latin named genus and species: 1.76(b)(3), 1.163(c)(4)

Oath: 1.162

Rules applicable: 1.161

Specification: 1.163

Specimens: 1.166

Post issuance fees: 1.20

Post Office receipt as filing date: 1.10

Postal emergency or interruption: 1.10(g)-(i)

Post-Grant Review. (See also Patent Trial Practice and Procedure):

General: 42.200-42.207

Procedure; pendency: 42.200

Who may petition: 42.201

Time for filing: 42.202

Fee: 42.15, 42.203

Content of petition: 42.204

Service of petition: 42.205

Filing date: 42.206

Preliminary response: 42.207

Instituting a review: 42.208

After Institution: 42.220-42.224

Patent owner response: 42.220

Motion to amend: 42.221

Multiple proceedings; joinder: 42.222

Supplemental information: 42.223

Discovery: 42.224

Power of attorney. (See Attorneys and agents)

Preliminary amendments: 1.115

Preserved in confidence, applications: 1.12, 1.14

Exceptions (status, access or copies available): 1.14

Prior art citation in patent files: 1.501

Prior art statement:

Content of: 1.98

In reexamination: 1.555, 1.933

To comply with duty of disclosure: 1.97

Prior art submission by third party:

In patent application: 1.290

In patent file: 1.501

In protest against pending unpublished application: 1.291

Prior Invention, affidavit or declaration of, to overcome rejection: 1.131

Prior public disclosure, affidavit or declaration of, to overcome rejection: 1.130

Prioritized examination: 1.102(e)

Priority, international applications: 1.451

Priority, right of, under treaty or law: 1.55

Priority statement in interferences:

Contents of: 41.204

Correction of statement on motion: 41.120

Effect of statement: 41.204

Failure to file: 41.204

In case of motion to amend interference: 41.208

May be amended if defective: 41.120

Reliance on prior application: 41.204

Requirement for: 41.204

Service on opposing parties: 41.204

When opened to inspection: 41.204

Proclamation as to protection of foreign mask works: Part 150

Protests to grant of patent: 1.291

Provisional patent applications:

Claiming the benefit of: 1.78

Converting a nonprovisional to a provisional: 1.53(c)(2)

Converting a provisional to a nonprovisional: 1.53(c)(3)

Filing date: 1.53

Filing fee: 1.16(d)

General requisites: 1.51(c)

Later filing of filing fee and cover sheet: 1.53(g)

Names of all inventors required: 1.41, 1.53(c)

No right of priority: 1.53(c)(4)

No examination: 1.53(i)

Papers concerning, must identify provisional applications as such, and by application number: 1.5(f): Parts of complete provisional application: 1.51(c)

Processing fees: 1.17(i)

Revival of: 1.137

When abandoned: 1.53(i)

Public information: Part 102

Fee: 1.17(j)


Of reexamination certificate: 1.570(f), 1.997(f)

Publication of application: 1.211

Early publication: 1.219

Express abandonment to avoid publication: 1.138(c)

Fee: 1.18

Nonpublication request: 1.213

Publication of redacted copy: 1.217

Republication: 1.221

Voluntary publication: 1.221

Published application

Access to: 1.11, 1.14

Certified copies: 1.13

Contents: 1.215

Definition of published application: 1.9(c)

Records of, open to public: 1.11, 1.12

Republication of: 1.221

Third party submission in: 1.290


RCE (Request for continued examination): 1.114

Reasons for allowance: 1.104(e)

Reconsideration of Office action: 1.112

Reconstruction of lost files: 1.251

Recording of assignments. (See Assignments and recording)

Records of the Patent and Trademark Office: 1.11-1.15

Redacted publication of application: 1.217


Amendments, manner of making: 1.121(c)

Announcement in Official Gazette: 1.11(c)

Correction of inventorship: 1.530

Correspondence address: 1.33(c)

Ex parte proceedings

Amendments, manner of making: 1.21(j), 1.530

Appeal to Board: 41.31

Appeal to C.A.F.C.: 90.1-90.3

Civil action under 35 U.S.C. 145: 90.1-90.3

Concurrent with interference, reissue, other reexamination, litigation or office proceedings(s): 1.565

Conduct of: 1.550

Duty of disclosure in: 1.555

Examiner's determination to grant or refuse request for: 1.515

Extensions of time: 1.550(c)

Initiated by the Director: 1.520

Interviews in: 1.560

Issuance of certificate at conclusion of: 1.570

Order for reexamination by examiner: 1.525

Patent owner's statement: 1.530, 1.540

Processing of prior art citations during: 1.502

Reply to patent owner's statement to third party requester: 1.535, 1.540

Request for: 1.510

Scope of: 1.552

Service of papers: 1.248

Examiner's action: 1.104

Fee: 1.20(c)

Fee charged to deposit account: 1.25

Identification in letter: 1.5(d)

Inter partes proceedings: 1.902-907

Amendments, manner of making: 1.121(j), 1.530, 1.941

Appeal to Board: 41.61

Appeal to C.A.F.C.: 1.983

Civil action under 35 U.S.C. 145 not available: 90.1-90.3

Concurrent with interference, reissue, other reexamination, litigation or office proceedings(s): 1.565, 1.985

Conduct of: 1.937

Duty of disclosure in: 1.555, 1.933

Examiner's determination to grant or refuse request for: 1.923-1.927

Extensions of time: 1.956

Filing date of request for: 1.919

Issuance of certificate at conclusion of: 1.997

Merged with concurrent reexamination proceedings: 1.989

Merged with reissue application: 1.991

Notice of, in the Official Gazette: 1.904

Persons eligible to file request for: 1.903

Processing of prior art citations during: 1.902

Scope of: 1.906

Service of papers: 1.248, 1.903

Submission of papers by the public: 1.905

Subsequent requests for: 1.907

Suspension due to concurrent interference: 1.993

Suspension due to litigation: 1.987

Information Disclosure Statements: 1.98, 1.555

Open to public: 1.11(d)

Reconsideration before final action: 1.112

Refund of fee: 1.26

Reply to action: 1.111

Revival of termination examination: 1.137

Reference characters in drawings: 1.74, 1.84(p)

References cited on examination: 1.104(d)

Refund of international application filing and processing fees: 1.446

Refund of money paid by mistake: 1.26

Register of Government interest in patents: 3.58


Of appeal decisions by Patent Trial and Appeal Board: 41.52

Request for, time for appeal after action on: 90.3


Amendments: 1.173

Applicants, assignees: 1.172

Application for reissue: 1.171

Application made and sworn to by inventor, if living: 1.172

Declaration: 1.175

Drawings: 1.173(a)(2), 1.173(b)(3)

Examination of reissue: 1.176

Filed during interference: 41.202, 41.203

Filing during reexamination: 1.565, 1.985

Filing fee: 1.16

Filing of announced in Official Gazette: 1.11(b)

Grounds for and requirements: 1.171-1.173, 1.175-1.178

Issue fee: 1.18(a)

Oath: 1.175

Open to public: 1.11

Original claims subject to reexamination: 1.176

Original patent surrendered: 1.178

Reissue in divisions: 1.177

Restriction: 1.176

Specification: 1.173

Take precedence in order of examination: 1.176

To contain no new matter: 1.173(a)

What must accompany application: 1.171, 1.172


After two rejections appeal may be taken from examiner to Board of Appeals: 1.191, 41.31

Applicant will be notified of rejection with reasons and references: 1.104(a)(2)

Examiner may rely on admissions by applicant or patent owner, or facts within examiner's knowledge: 1.104(c)(3)

Final: 1.113

Formal objections: 1.104

On account of invention shown by others but not claimed, how overcome: 1.131

References will be cited: 1.104(c)

Requisites of notice of: 1.104

Reply brief: 41.41

Reply by applicant or patent owner: 1.111

Reply by requester: 1.535, 1.947

Representative capacity: 1.34(a)

Request for continued examination(RCE): 1.114

Request for reconsideration: 1.112

Request for ex parte reexamination: 1.510

Request for inter partes reexamination: 1.913-1.927

Requirement for information: 1.105

Reservation clauses not permitted: 1.79

Response time to Office action: 1.134

Restriction of application: 1.141-1.146

Claims to nonelected invention withdrawn: 1.142

Constructive election: 1.145

Petition from requirements for: 1.129, 1.144

Provisional election: 1.143

Reconsideration of requirement: 1.143

Reissue: 1.176

Requirement for: 1.142

Subsequent presentation of claims for different invention: 1.145

Transitional procedures: 1.129

Return of correspondence: 1.5(a)

Revival of abandoned application or terminated or limited reexamination proceeding: 1.137

Unintentional abandonment fee: 1.17(m)

Revocation of power of attorney or authorization of agent: 1.36(a)

Rules of Practice:

Amendments to rules will be published: 1.351


Saturday, when last day falls on: 1.7, 1.9(h)

Scope of reexamination proceedings: 1.552, 1.906

Secrecy order: 5.1-5.5

Serial number of application (see also Application Number): 1.5, 1.53, 1.54(b)

Service of notices:

For taking testimony: 41.157

In contested cases: 41.101

Of appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: 90.1-90.3

Service of papers: 1.248

Shortened period for reply: 1.134


Handwritten: 1.4(d)(1)

Implicit certifications: 1.4(d), 11.18

S-Signature: 1.4(d)(2)

To a written assertion of small entity status: 1.27(c)(2)

To amendments and other papers: 1.33(b)

To an application for extension of patent term: 1.730

To express abandonment: 1.138

To oath: 1.63

To reissue oath or declaration: 1.172

When copy is acceptable: 1.4

Small business concern:

Definition (for small entity purposes): 1.27(a)(2)

Small entity:

Definition: 1.27(a)

License to Federal Agency: 1.27(a)(4)

Status establishment: 1.27, 1.28

Status update: 1.27(g), 1.28

Written assertion: 1.27(c)

Solicitor's address: 1.1(a)(3)

Species of invention claimed: 1.141, 1.146

Specification (see also Application for patent, Claims):

Abstract: 1.72

Amendments to: 1.121, 1.125

Arrangement of: 1.77, 1.154, 1.163

Best mode: 1.71

Claim: 1.75

Contents of: 1.71-1.75

Copyright notice: 1.71(d)

Cross-references to other applications: 1.78

Description of the invention: 1.71

Filed by reference: 1.57(a)

If defective, reissue to correct: 1.171-1.178

Incorporation by reference of prior filed application: 1.57(b)

Mask work notice: 1.71(d)

Must conclude with specific and distinct claim: 1.75

Must point out new improvements specifically: 1.71

Must refer by figures to drawings: 1.74

Must set forth the precise invention: 1.71

Object of the invention: 1.73

Order of arrangement in framing: 1.77

Paper, writing, margins: 1.52

Paragraph numbering: 1.52(b)(6)

Part of complete application: 1.51

Reference to drawings: 1.74

Requirements of: 1.71-1.75

Reservation clauses not permitted: 1.79

Substitute: 1.125

Summary of the invention: 1.73

Title of the invention: 1.72(a)

To be rewritten, if necessary: 1.125

Specimens. (See Models and exhibits)

Specimens of composition of matter to be furnished when required: 1.93

Specimens of plants: 1.166

Statutory disclaimer fee: 1.20(d)

Sufficient funds in deposit account: 1.25

Suit in equity. (See Civil action)

Summary of invention: 1.73

Sunday, when last day falls on: 1.7. 1.9(h)

Supervisory authority, petition to Director to exercise: 1.181

Supplemental oath/declaration: 1.67

Supplemental Examination of Patents:

Conclusion of: 1.625

Conduct of: 1.620

Content of request: 1.610

Filing of papers in supplemental examination: 1.601

Format of papers filed: 1.615

Procedure after conclusion: 1.625

Publication of certificate: 1.625

Surcharge for completion of nonprovisional application after filing date: 1.16(f), 1.53(f)

Suspension of action by Office: 1.103

CPA, Design: 1.103(b)

Deferral of examination: 1.103(d)

For cause: 1.103(a)

RCE: 1.103(c)

Suspension of ex parte prosecution during interference: 41.103

Suspension of rules: 1.183

Symbols for drawings: 1.84(n)

Symbols for nucleotide and/or amino acid sequence data: 1.822


Tables in patent applications: 1.58

Technological Invention: 42.301

Terminal disclaimer: 1.321

Testimony by Office employees: 15 C.F.R. Part 15a

Testimony in interferences:

Additional time for taking: 41.4

Assignment of times for taking: 41.157

Certification and filing by officer: 41.157

Copies of: 41.157

Depositions must be filed: 41.157

Discovery: 41.150

Effect of errors and irregularities in deposition: 41.155, 41.157

Evidence must comply with rules: 41.152

Examination of witnesses: 41.157

Form of deposition: 41.157

Formal objections to: 41.155, 41.157

Formalities in preparing depositions: 41.157

In foreign countries: 41.156, 41.157

Manner of taking testimony of witnesses: 41.157

Notice of examination of witnesses: 41.157

Objections noted in depositions: 41.155, 41.157

Objections to formal matters: 41.155, 41.157

Officer's certificate: 41.157

Persons before whom depositions may be taken: 41.157

Service of notice: 41.157

Stipulations or agreements concerning: 41.157

Taken by depositions: 41.157

Time for taking: 41.157

Third-party submission in published application: 1.290

Time expiring on Saturday, Sunday, or holiday: 1.7, 1.9(h)

Time for payment of issue fee: 1.311

Time for reply by applicant: 1.134, 1.136

Time for reply by patent owner: 1.530, 1.945

Time for reply by requester: 1.535, 1.947

Time for reply to Office action: 1.134, 1.136

Time, periods of: 1.7

Timely filing of correspondence: 1.8, 1.10

Title of invention: 1.72(a)

Title reports, fee for: 1.19(b)(4)

Transitional procedures: 1.129


Unintentional abandonment: 1.137

Unintentional delay in reexamination: 1.550(e), 1.958

United States as:

Designated Office: 1.414

Elected Office: 1.414

International Preliminary Examining Authority: 1.416

International Searching Authority: 1.413

Receiving Office: 1.412

Unlocatable files: 1.251

Unsigned continuation or divisional application: 1.53, 1.63

Use of file of parent application: 1.53(d)


Voluntary publication of application: 1.221


Waiver of confidentiality: 1.53(d)(6)

Withdrawal from issue: 1.313

Withdrawal of attorney or agent: 1.36