37 CFR 1.1003: The United States Patent and Trademark Office as a designated office

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

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1.1003    The United States Patent and Trademark Office as a designated office.

  • (a) The United States Patent and Trademark Office will act as a designated office (“United States Designated Office”) for international design applications in which the United States has been designated as a Contracting Party in which protection is sought.
  • (b) The major functions of the United States Designated Office include:
    • (1) Accepting for national examination international design applications which satisfy the requirements of the Hague Agreement, the Regulations, and the regulations;
    • (2) Performing an examination of the international design application in accordance with 35 U.S.C. chapter 16; and
    • (3) Communicating the results of examination to the International Bureau.
[Added, 80 FR 17918, Apr. 2, 2015, effective May 13, 2015]