MPEP Section 608.02(m), Drawing Prints
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608.02(m) Drawing Prints [R-3]
Preparation and distribution of drawing prints is discussed in MPEP § 508.
Prints are made of acceptable drawings of an application maintained in paper. These prints are kept on top of the papers on the right side of the file wrapper under any bibliographic data sheet. See MPEP § 719.01(b). No drawing prints are made for an image file wrapper (IFW) application.
The original drawing, of course, should not be marked up by the examiner. Where, as in an electrical wiring application, it is desirable to identify the various circuits by different colors, or in any more or less complex application, it is advantageous to apply legends, arrows, or other indicia, the drawing prints may be used and retained unofficially in the file since the drawing prints are no longer needed for a record of the drawings as originally filed. If the application is maintained in paper, the drawing prints, as colored by the examiner, may be retained in the paper application file. If the application is an IFW application, the drawing prints may be retained by the examiner.
Prints remain in the paper application file at all times except as provided in MPEP § 608.02(c).**