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Sec. 1.1 All communications to be addressed to

Commissioner of Patents and Trade

marks. 1.2 Business to be transacted in writing. 1.3 Business to be conducted with decorum

and courtesy. 1.4 Nature of correspondence. 1.5 Identification of application, patent or

registration. 1.6 Receipt of letters and papers. 1.7 Times for taking action: Expiration on

Saturday, Sunday or Federal holiday. 1.8 Certificate of mailing. 1.9 Definitions. 1.10 Filing of papers and fees by "Express

Mail” with certificate.

1.41 Applicant for patent. 1.42 When the inventor is dead. 1.43 When the inventor is insane or legally

incapacitated. 1.44 Proof of authority. 1.45 Joint inventors. 1.46 Assigned inventions and patents. 1.47 Filing when an inventor refuses to

sign or cannot be reached. 1.48 Correction of inventorship.

THE APPLICATION 1.51 General requisites of an application. 1.52 Language, paper, writing, margins. 1.53 Serial number, filing date, and comple

tion of application. 1.54 Parts of application to be filed togeth

er; filing receipt. 1.55 Claim for foreign priority. 1.56 Duty of disclosure; fraud; striking or

rejection of applications. 1.57 [Reserved) 1.58 Chemical and mathematical formulas

and tables. 1.59 Papers of application with filing date

not to be returned. 1.60 Continuing or divisional application

for invention disclosed in a prior appli

cation. 1.61 (Reserved) 1.62 File wrapper continuing procedure.

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OATH OR DECLARATION 1.63 Oath or declaration. 1.64 Person making oath or declaration. 1.66 Officers authorized to administer

oaths. 1.67 Supplemental oath or declaration. 1.68 Declaration in lieu of oath. 1.69 Foreign language oaths and declara

tions. 1.70 (Reserved)

Subpart B-National Processing Provisions

PROSECUTION OF APPLICATION AND APPOINTMENT OF ATTORNEY OR AGENT

SPECIFICATION 1.71 Detailed description and specification

of the invention. 1.72 Title and abstract. 1.73 Summary of the invention. 1.74 Reference to drawings. 1.75 Claim(s). 1.77 Arrangement of application elements.

1.31 Applicants may be represented by a

registered attorney or agent.

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ALLOWANCE AND ISSUE OF PATENT 1.311 Notice of allowance. 1.312 Amendments after allowance. 1.313 Withdrawal from issue. 1.314 Issuance of patent. 1.315 Delivery of patent. 1.316 Application abandoned for failure to

1.401 Definitions of terms under the

Patent Cooperation Treaty. 1.412 The United States Receiving Office. 1.413 The United States International

Searching Authority. 1.414 The United States Patent and Trade

mark Ofice as a Designated Office or

Elected Office. 1.415 The International Bureau. 1.416 The United States International Pre

liminary Examining Authority.
WHO MAY FILE AN INTERNATIONAL

APPLICATION 1.421 Applicant for international applica1.425 Filing by other than inventor.

pay issue fee. 1.317 Lapsed patents; delayed payment of

balance of issue fee.

tion. 1.422 When the inventor is dead. 1.423 When the inventor is insane or legal

ly incapacitated. 1.424 Joint inventors.

THE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION 1.431 International application require

ments. 1.432 Designation of States and payment

of designation fees. 1.433 Physical requirements of internation

al application. 1.434 The request. 1.435 The description. 1.436 The claims. 1.437 The drawings. 1.438 The abstract.

1.487 Unity of invention before the Inter

national Preliminary Examining Au

thority. 1.488 Determination of unity of invention

before the International Preliminary

Examining Authority. 1.489 Protest to lack of unity of invention

before the International Preliminary Examining Authority.

NATIONAL STAGE 1.491 Entry into the national stage. 1.492 National stage fees. 1.494 Entering the national stage in the

United States of America as a Designat

ed Office. 1.495 Entering the national stage in the

United States of America as an Elected

Office. 1.496 Examination of international appli

cations in the national stage. 1.497 Oath or declaration under 35 U.S.C.

371(c)(4). 1.499 Unity of invention during the nation

al stage.

FEES

1.445 International application filing, proc

essing and search fees. 1.446 Refund of international application

filing and processing fees.

PRIORITY 1.451 The priority claim and priority docu

ment in an international application.

REPRESENTATION 1.455 Representation in international ap

plications.

TRANSMITTAL OF RECORD COPY 1.461 Procedures for transmittal of record

copy to the International Bureau.

Subpart D— Reexamination of Patents

CITATION OF PRIOR ART 1.501 Citation of prior art in patent files.

REQUEST FOR REEXAMINATION 1.510 Request for reexamination. 1.515 Determination of the request for re

examination. 1.520 Reexamination at the initiative of

the Commissioner.

TIMING

1.465 Timing of application processing

based on the priority date. 1.468 Delays in meeting time limits.

AMENDMENTS 1.471 Corrections and amendments during

international processing. 1.472 Changes in person, name, or address

of applicants and inventors.

UNITY OF INVENTION 1.475 Unity of invention before the Inter

national Searching Authority. 1.476 Determination of unity of invention

before the International Searching Au

thority. 1.477 Protest to lack of unity of invention

before the International Searching Authority.

REEXAMINATION 1.525 Order to reexamine. 1.530 Statement and amendment by patent

owner. 1.535 Reply by requester. 1.540 Consideration of responses. 1.550 Conduct of reexamination proceed

ings. 1.552 Scope of reexamination in reexam

ination proceedings. 1.555 Duty of disclosure in reexamination

proceedings. 1.560 Interviews in reexamination proceed

ings. 1.565 Concurrent office proceedings.

CERTIFICATE 1.570 Issuance of reexamination certificate

after reexamination proceedings.

Subpart E-Interferences

INTERNATIONAL PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION 1.480 Demand for international prelimi

nary examination. 1.482 International preliminary examina

tion fees. 1.484 Conduct of international preliminary

examination. 1.485 Amendments by applicant during

international preliminary examination.

1.601 Scope of rules, definitions. 1.602 Interest in applications and patents

involved in an interference. 1.603 Interference between applications;

subject matter of the interference.

1.604 Request for interference between ap

plications by an applicant. 1.605 Suggestion of claim to applicant by

examiner. 1.606 Interference between an application

and a patent; subject matter of the in

terference. 1.607 Request by applicant for interference

with patent. 1.608 Interference between an application

1.642 Addition of application or patent to

interference. 1.643 Prosecution of interference by as

signee. 1.644 Petitions in interferences. 1.645 Extension of time, late papers, stay

of proceedings. 1.646 Service of papers, proof of service. 1.647 Translation of document in foreign

language. 1.651 Setting times for discovery and

taking testimony, parties entitled to

take testimony. 1.652 Judgment for failure to take testimo

ny or file record. 1.653 Record and exhibits. 1.654 Final hearing. 1.655 Matters considered in rendering a

final decision. 1.656 Briefs for final hearing. 1.657 Burden of proof as to date of inven

tion. 1.658 Final decision. 1.659 Recommendation. 1.660 Notice of reexamination, reissue, pro

test, or litigation. 1.661 Termination of interference after

judgment. 1.662 Request for entry of adverse judg

ment; reissue filed by patentee. 1.663 Status of claim of defeated applicant

after interference. 1.664 Action after interference. 1.665 Second interference. 1.666 Filing of interference settlement

agreements. 1.671 Evidence must comply with rules. 1.672 Manner of taking testimony. 1.673 Notice of examination of witness. 1.674 Persons before whom depositions

may be taken. 1.675 Examination of witness, reading and

signing transcipt of deposition. 1.676 Certification and filing by officer,

marking exhibits. 1.677 Form of a transcript of deposition. 1.678 Transcript of deposition must be

filed. 1.679 Inspection of transcript. 1.682 Official records and printed publica

tions. 1.683 Testimony in another interference,

proceeding, or action. 1.684 Testimony in a foreign country. 1.685 Errors and irregularities in deposi

tions. 1.687 Additional discovery. 1.688 Use of discovery. 1.690 Arbitration of interferences.

Subpart F-Extension of Patent Term

and a patent; prima facie showing by

applicant. 1.609 Preparation of interference papers

by examiner. 1.610 Assignment of interference to exam

iner-in-chief, time period for completing

interference. 1.611 Declaration of interference. 1.612 Access to applications. 1.613 Lead attorney, same attorney repre

senting different parties in an interfer

ence, withdrawal of attorney or agent. 1.614 Jurisdiction over interference. 1.615 Suspension of ex parte prosecution. 1.616 Sanctions for failure to comply with

rules or order. 1.617 Summary judgment against appli

cant. 1.618 Return of unauthorized papers. 1.621 Preliminary statement, time for

filing, notice of filing. 1.622 Preliminary statement, who made in

vention, where invention made. 1.623 Preliminary statement; invention

made in United States. 1.624 Preliminary statement; invention

made abroad. 1.625 Preliminary statement; derivation by

an opponent. 1.626 Preliminary statement; earlier appli.

cation. 1.627 Preliminary statement; sealing

before filing, opening of statement. 1.628 Preliminary statement; correction of

error. 1.629 Effect of preliminary statement. 1.630 Reliance on earlier application. 1.631 Access to preliminary statement,

service of preliminary statement. 1.632 Notice of intent to argue abandon

ment, suppression, or concealment by

opponent. 1.633 Preliminary motions. 1.634 Motion to correct inventorship. 1.635 Miscellaneous motions. 1.636 Motions, time for filing. 1.637 Content of motions. 1.638 Opposition and reply, time for filing

opposition and reply. 1.639 Evidence in support of motion, oppo

sition, or reply. 1.640 Motions, hearing and decision, rede

claration of interference, order to show

cause. 1.641 Unpatentability discovered by exam

iner-in-chief.

1.710 Patents subject to extension of the

patent term. 1.720 Conditions for extension of patent

term.

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