TMEP 807.06(a): Type of Paper and Size of Mark

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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807.06(a)    Type of Paper and Size of Mark

Size of Mark.  The mark on the drawing should be no larger than 3.15 inches high by 3.15 inches wide (8 cm high by 8 cm wide). 37 C.F.R. §2.54(b).

The USPTO will create a digitized image of all drawings submitted on paper.  The examining attorney must view the mark on the Publication Review program, available on the USPTO’s internal computer network.  If the display of the mark appears to be clear and accurate, the examining attorney will presume that the drawing meets the size requirements of the rule.

Type of Paper and Recommended Format.  The drawing should:

  • Be on non-shiny white paper that is separate from the application;
  • Be on paper that is 8 to 8.5 inches (20.3 to 21.6 cm.) wide and 11 to 11.69 inches (27.9 to 29.7 cm.) long.  One of the shorter sides of the sheet should be regarded as its top edge;
  • Include the caption "DRAWING PAGE" at the top of the drawing beginning one inch (2.5 cm.) from the top edge; and
  • Depict the mark in black ink, or in color if color is claimed as a feature of the mark.

37 C.F.R. §2.54(a)–(d).

The drawing must be typed or made with ink or by a process that will provide high definition when scanned. A photolithographic, printer’s proof copy, or other high-quality reproduction of the mark may be used.  All lines must be clean, sharp, and solid, and must not be fine or crowded. 37 C.F.R. §2.54(e).