MPEP 2920.04(c)
Inventor’s Oath or Declaration

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

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2920.04(c)    Inventor’s Oath or Declaration [R-07.2015]

37 C.F.R. 1.1021  Contents of the international design application.

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  • (d) Required contents where the United States is designated. In addition to the mandatory requirements set forth in paragraph (a) of this section, an international design application that designates the United States shall contain or be accompanied by:
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    • (3) The inventor’s oath or declaration (§§ 1.63 and 1.64). The requirements in §§ 1.63(b) and 1.64(b)(4) to identify each inventor by his or her legal name, mailing address, and residence, if an inventor lives at a location which is different from the mailing address, and the requirement in § 1.64(b)(2) to identify the residence and mailing address of the person signing the substitute statement will be considered satisfied by the presentation of such information in the international design application prior to international registration.

37 C.F.R. 1.1067  Title, description, and inventor’s oath or declaration.

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  • (b) An international design application designating the United States must include the inventor’s oath or declaration. See § 1.1021(d). If the applicant is notified in a notice of allowability that an oath or declaration in compliance with § 1.63, or substitute statement in compliance with § 1.64, executed by or with respect to each named inventor has not been filed, the applicant must file each required oath or declaration in compliance with § 1.63, or substitute statement in compliance with § 1.64, no later than the date on which the issue fee is paid to avoid abandonment. This time period is not extendable under § 1.136 (see § 1.136(c)).

International design applications designating the United States are required to contain the inventor’s oath or declaration (37 CFR 1.63 and 1.64 ). See 37 CFR 1.1021(d)(3). The International Bureau reviews international design applications designating the United States to ensure that the required inventor’s oath or declaration is provided for the inventors identified in the international design application. The inventor’s oath or declaration is communicated by the International Bureau to the Office when the published international registration is sent to the Office pursuant to Hague Agreement Article 10(3).

Section 1.1067(b) provides for notifying the applicant in a notice of allowability of a requirement to provide the inventor’s oath or declaration. As compliance with the requirement for the inventor’s oath or declaration will have been reviewed by the International Bureau, the need to notify the applicant in a notice of allowability that an inventor’s oath or declaration is required should be rare, e.g., where an inventor is added pursuant to 37 CFR 1.48(a) after publication of the international registration and an executed oath or declaration from the inventor has not been received. See 37 CFR 1.48(b).