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Contents

Introduction

The United States Patent Office

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General Information and Correspondence

1. All communications to be addressed to Commissioner of Patents
2. Business to be transacted in writing . .
3. Business to be conducted with decorum and courtesy
4. Nature of correspondence
5. Identification of application, patent or registration .
6. Receipt of letters and papers

7. Times for taking action; expiration on Saturday, Sunday or holiday . Records and Files of the Patent Office

11. Patent files open to the public
12. Assignment records open to public inspection
13. Copies and certified copies .

14. Patent applications preserved in secrecy Fees and Payment of Money

21. Patent and miscellaneous fees and charges
22. Fees payable in advance .
23. Method of payment
24. Coupons
25. Deposit accounts

26. Refunds
Prosecution of Application and Appointment of Attorney or Agent

31. Applicants may be represented by an attorney or agent
32. Prosecution by assignee
33. Correspondence when no attorney or agent
34. Power of attorney or authorization
35. Correspondence held with attorney
36. Revocation of power of attorney or authorization; withdrawal of

attorney or agent Who May Apply for a Patent

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41. Applicant for patent.
42. When the inventor is dead
43. When the inventor is insane or legally incapacitated
44. Proof of authority. .
45. Joint inventors
46. Assigned inventions and patents

47. Filing by other than inventor . The Application

51. General requisites of an application
52. Language, paper, writing, margin
53. Application accepted and filed for examination only when complete .
54. Parts of application to be filed together
55. Serial number and filing date of application

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The Application-Continued

56. Improper applications 57. Signature

59. Papers of complete application not to be returned . Petition

61. Petition The Oath

65. Oath of applicant .
66. Officers authorized to administer oaths.

67. Supplemental oath for matter not originally claimed . Specification

71. Detailed description and specification of the invention
72. Title of the invention
73. Summary of the invention
74. Reference to drawings
75. Claim .
76. Signature to the specification
77. Arrangement of specification
78. Cross-references to other applications

79. Reservation clauses not permitted . The Drawings

81. Drawings required
82. Signature to drawing
83. Content of drawing
84. Standards for drawings
85. Informal drawings. .
86. Draftsman to make drawings
87. Return of drawings

88. Use of old drawings Models, Exhibits, Specimens

91. Models not generally required as part of application or patent
92. Model or exhibit may be required .
93. Specimens
94. Return of models, exhibits or specimens

95. Copies of exhibits .
Examination of Applications
101. Order of examination
102. Advancement of examination
103. Suspension of action . .
104. Nature of examination; examiner's action
105. Completeness of examiner's action.
106. Rejection of claims
107. Citation of references
108. Abandoned and forfeited applications not cited
Action by Applicant and Further Consideration
111. Reply by applicant
112. Re-examination and reconsideration
113. Final rejection or action
Amendments
115. Amendment by applicant
116. Amendments after final action

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Affidavits Overcoming Rejections
131. Affidavit of prior invention to overcome cited patent or publication
132. Affidavits traversing grounds of rejection

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Interviews
133. Interviews.

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Time for Response by Applicant; Abandonment of Application
135. Abandonment for failure to respond within time limit.
136. Time less than six months.
137. Revival of abandoned application
138. Express abandonment

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Joinder of Inventions in One Application; Restriction
141. Different inventions in one application
142. Requirement for restriction
143. Reconsideration of requirement
144. Petition from requirement for restriction
145. Subsequent presentation of claims for different inventions
146. Election of species
147. Separate application for invention not elected
Design Patents
151. Rules applicable
152. Drawing
153. Title, description and claim, oath
154. Arrangement of specification.
155. Term of design patent

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Reissues
171. Application for reissue
172. Applicants, assignees
173. Specification .
174. Drawings .

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Reissues-Continued

175. Reissue oath. .

176. Examination of reissue

177. Reissue in divisions.

178. Original patent.

179. Notice of reissue application .

Petitions and Action by the Commissioner

181. Petition to the Commissioner

182. Questions not specifically provided for

183. Suspension of rules .

184. Reconsideration of cases decided by former Commissioners

Appeal to the Board of Appeals

191. Appeal to the Board of Appeals

192. Appellant's brief

193. Examiner's answer

194. Hearing . .

195. Affidavits after appeal

196. Decision by the Board of Appeals

197. Action following decision

198. Reopening after decision

Interferences: Definition, Preparation, Declaration

201. Definition; when declared .

202. Preparation for interference between applications; preliminary in-

quiry of junior applicant

203. Preparation for interference between applications; suggestion of

claims for interference

204. Interference with a patent; affidavit by junior applicant.

205. Interference with a patent; copying claims from patent

206. Interference with a patent; claims improperly copied

207. Preparation of interference notices and statements

208. Conflicting parties having same attorney

209. Declaration of interference; mailing of notices

211. Jurisdiction of interference.

212. Suspension of ex parte prosecution

Interferences: Preliminary Statement

215. Preliminary statement required

216. Contents of the preliminary statement

217. Contents of the preliminary statement; invention made abroad

218. Time for filing preliminary statement.

219. Statements sealed before filing .

221. Defective statements ...

222. Correction of statement on motion

223. Effect of statement...

224. Reliance on prior application

225. Failure of junior party to file statement or to overcome filing date

of senior party.

226. Notice and access to applications.

227. Access to preliminary statements.

Interferences: Motion Period, Dissolution, Reformation

231. Motion period . .

232. Motions to dissolve.

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Interferences: Motion Period, Dissolution, Reformation-Continued
233. Motions to amend ...,
234. Motion to include another application .
235. Motions relating to burden of proof .
236. Hearing and determination of motions
237. Dissolution on motion of examiner .
238. Addition of new party by examiner .

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Interferences: Miscellaneous Provisions
241. Copies of part of application
242. Prosecution by assignee .
243. Motions before the Examiners of Interference
244. Motions; miscellaneous provisions .
245. Extensions of time .
246. Stay of proceedings .
247. Service of papers .
248. Service of papers; manner of service

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Interferences: Trial
251. Assignment of times for taking testimony
252. Failure of junior party to take testimony
253. Copies of the testimony
254. Briefs at final hearing
255. Requests for findings of fact and conclusions of law
256. Final hearing .
257. Burden of proof .
258. Matters considered in determining priority
259. Recommendation by Board of Patent Interferences

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Interferences: Termination
261. Termination of interference
262. Disclaimer, concession, abandonment
263. Statutory disclaimer by patentee .
264. Reissue filed by patentee .'
265. Status of claims of defeated applicant after interference
266. Action after interference .
267. Second interference. .

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Testimony in Interferences and Other Contested Cases
271. Evidence must comply with rules ..
272. Manner of taking testimony of witnesses
273. Notice of examination of witnesses
274. Persons before whom depositions may be taken .
275. Examination of witnesses .
276. Certification and filing by officer
277. Form of deposition .
278. Depositions must be filed
279. Inspection of testimony .
281. Additional time for taking testimony
282. Official records and printed publications .
283. Testimony taken in another interference or action
284. Testimony taken in foreign countries .
285. Effect of errors and irregularities in depositions
286. Objections to admissibility . .

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