MPEP 608.02(c)
Location of Drawings

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

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608.02(c)    Location of Drawings [R-07.2015]

Black and white line drawings submitted in: (i) provisional applications under 35 U.S.C. 111(b); (ii) nonprovisional utility patent applications under 35 U.S.C. 111(a), including reissue utility patent applications; (iii) international applications (PCT) and national stage applications under 35 U.S.C. 371; and (iv) reexamination proceedings for utility patents will be converted into TIFF images and stored in IFW.

Black and white line drawings in design applications, including reissue design patent applications, international design applications, and reexamination proceedings for design patents will be stored in SCORE, and a black and white copy will be stored in IFW along with a SCORE placeholder sheet.

Black and white photographs and grayscale drawings in: (i) provisional applications under 35 U.S.C. 111(b); (ii) nonprovisional utility and design patent applications under 35 U.S.C. 111(a), including reissue utility and design patent applications; (iii) national stage applications under 35 U.S.C. 371; (iv) international applications (PCT); (v) international design applications; (vi) reexamination proceedings for utility patents and design patents; and (vii) supplemental examination proceedings will be stored in SCORE, and a black and white copy will be stored in IFW along with a SCORE placeholder sheet.

Color drawings and color photographs are not permitted in international applications (see PCT Rule 11.13 ). Except for international applications, color photographs and color drawings in utility and design applications and proceedings will be stored in SCORE and a black and white copy thereof will be stored in IFW along with a SCORE placeholder sheet.

Originally submitted drawings on paper that are photographs or in color may be maintained in an artifact folder.