MPEP 716.02(g)
Declaration or Affidavit Form

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

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716.02(g)    Declaration or Affidavit Form [R-08.2012]

"The reason for requiring evidence in declaration or affidavit form is to obtain the assurances that any statements or representations made are correct, as provided by 35 U.S.C. 25 and 18 U.S.C. 1001." Permitting a publication to substitute for expert testimony would circumvent the guarantees built into the statute. Ex parte Gray, 10 USPQ2d 1922, 1928 (Bd. Pat. App. & Inter. 1989). Publications may, however, be evidence of the facts in issue and should be considered to the extent that they are probative.