MPEP 2157
Improper Naming of Inventors

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

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2157    Improper Naming of Inventors [R-07.2015]

Although the AIA eliminated pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(f), the patent laws still require the naming of the actual inventor or joint inventors of the claimed subject matter. See 35 U.S.C. 115(a) ("[a]n application for patent that is filed under [35 U.S.C.] 111(a) or commences the national stage under [35 U.S.C.] 371 shall include, or be amended to include, the name of the inventor for any invention claimed in the application"). The Office presumes that the named inventor or joint inventors in the application are the actual inventor or joint inventors to be named on the patent. See MPEP § 2137.01. Where an application names an incorrect inventorship, the applicant should submit a request to correct inventorship under 37 CFR 1.48. See MPEP § 602.01(c) et seq. In the rare situation where it clear that the application does not name the correct inventorship and the applicant has not filed a request to correct inventorship under 37 CFR 1.48, Office personnel should reject the claims under 35 U.S.C. 101 and 35 U.S.C. 115. See MPEP § 706.03(a), subsection IV. Note that a rejection under pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(f) should not be made if the application is subject to examination under the first inventor to file (FITF) provisions of the AIA. See MPEP § 2159 et seq. to determine whether an application is subject to examination under the FITF provisions, and MPEP § 2137 for information pertaining to pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(f).