37 CFR 1.1052: Conversion to a design application under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16

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

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1.1052    Conversion to a design application under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16.

  • (a) An international design application designating the United States filed with the Office as an office of indirect filing and meeting the requirements under § 1.53(b) for a filing date for an application for a design patent may, on petition under this section, be converted to an application for a design patent under § 1.53(b) and accorded a filing date as provided therein. A petition under this section must be accompanied by the fee set forth in § 1.17(t) and be filed prior to publication of the international registration under Article 10(3). The conversion of an international design application to an application for a design patent under § 1.53(b) will not entitle applicant to a refund of the transmittal fee or any fee forwarded to the International Bureau, or the application of any such fee toward the filing fee, or any other fee, for the application for a design patent under § 1.53(b). The application for a design patent resulting from conversion of an international design application must also include the basic filing fee (§ 1.16(b)), the search fee (§ 1.16(l)), the examination fee (§ 1.16(p)), the inventor’s oath or declaration (§ 1.63 or 1.64), and a surcharge if required by § 1.16(f).
  • (b) An international design application will be converted to an application for a design patent under § 1.53(b) if a decision on petition under this section is granted prior to transmittal of the international design application to the International Bureau pursuant to § 1.1045. Otherwise, a decision granting a petition under this section will be effective to convert the international design application to an application for a design patent under § 1.53(b) only for purposes of the designation of the United States.
  • (c) A petition under this section will not be granted in an abandoned international design application absent a grantable petition under § 1.1051.
  • (d) An international design application converted under this section is subject to the regulations applicable to a design application filed under 35 U.S.C. chapter 16.
[Added, 80 FR 17918, Apr. 2, 2015, effective May 13, 2015]