MPEP 1503
Elements of a Design Patent Application Filed Under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16

This is the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 08.2017, Last Revised in Januay 2018

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1503    Elements of a Design Patent Application Filed Under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16 [R-08.2017]

This section sets forth the elements of a design application filed under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16. Elements of an international design application are set forth in MPEP Chapter 2900, though reference to international design applications that designate the United States is included in this section where appropriate.

A design patent application has essentially the elements required of an application for a utility patent (see Chapter 600). The arrangement of the elements of a design patent application filed under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16 and the sections of the specification are as specified in 37 CFR 1.154.

A claim in a specific form is a necessary element of a design patent application. See MPEP § 1503.01, subsection III.

A drawing is an essential element of a design patent application. See MPEP § 1503.02 for requirements for drawings.