MPEP 1893.01(a)
Entry via the U.S. Designated or Elected Office

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

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1893.01(a)    Entry via the U.S. Designated or Elected Office [R-07.2015]

PCT Article 2

Definitions

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  • (xiii) "designated Office" means the national Office of or acting for the State designated by the applicant under Chapter I of this Treaty;
  • (xiv) "elected Office" means the national Office of or acting for the State elected by the applicant under Chapter II of this Treaty;

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37 C.F.R. 1.414  The United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Designated Office or Elected Office.

  • (a) The United States Patent and Trademark Office will act as a Designated Office or Elected Office for international applications in which the United States of America has been designated or elected as a State in which patent protection is desired.
  • (b) The United States Patent and Trademark Office, when acting as a Designated Office or Elected Office during international processing will be identified by the full title "United States Designated Office" or by the abbreviation "DO/US" or by the full title "United States Elected Office" or by the abbreviation "EO/US."
  • (c) The major functions of the United States Designated Office or Elected Office in respect to international applications in which the United States of America has been designated or elected, include:
    • (1) Receiving various notifications throughout the international stage and
    • (2) National stage processing for international applications entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371.

An international application designating the U.S. will enter the national stage via the U.S. Designated Office unless a Demand electing the U.S. is filed under PCT Article 31 whereupon entry will be via the U.S. Elected Office.