37 CFR 1.14 (pre‑AIA): Patent applications preserved in confidence

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

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1.14 (pre‑AIA)    Patent applications preserved in confidence.

[Editor Note: Applicable to patent applications filed before September 16, 2012*]

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  • (c) Power to inspect a pending or abandoned application. Access to an application may be provided to any person if the application file is available, and the application contains written authority (e.g., a power to inspect) granting access to such person. The written authority must be signed by:
    • (1) An applicant;
    • (2) An attorney or agent of record;
    • (3) An authorized official of an assignee of record (made of record pursuant to § 3.71 of this chapter); or
    • (4) A registered attorney or agent named in the papers accompanying the application papers filed under § 1.53 or the national stage documents filed under § 1.495, if an executed oath or declaration pursuant to § 1.63 or § 1.497 has not been filed.
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  • (f) Publication pursuant to § 1.47. Information as to the filing of an application will be published in the Official Gazette in accordance with § 1.47(c).
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[*See § 1.14 for the current rule, including the portions of the rule not reproduced above and applicable irrespective of the filing date of the application]