37 CFR 1.1002: The United States Patent and Trademark Office as an office of indirect filing

Taken from the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised in November 2015

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1.1002    The United States Patent and Trademark Office as an office of indirect filing.

  • (a) The United States Patent and Trademark Office, as an office of indirect filing, shall accept international design applications where the applicant's Contracting Party is the United States.
  • (b) The major functions of the United States Patent and Trademark Office as an office of indirect filing include:
    • (1) Receiving and according a receipt date to international design applications;
    • (2) Collecting and, when required, transmitting fees due for processing international design applications;
    • (3) Determining compliance with applicable requirements of part 5 of this chapter; and
    • (4) Transmitting an international design application to the International Bureau, unless prescriptions concerning national security prevent the application from being transmitted.
[Added,80 FR 17918, Apr. 2, 2015, effective May 13, 2015]