37 CFR 1.154: Arrangement of application elements in a design application

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

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1.154    Arrangement of application elements in a design application.

  • (a) The elements of the design application, if applicable, should appear in the following order:
    • (1) Design application transmittal form.
    • (2) Fee transmittal form.
    • (3) Application data sheet (see § 1.76 ).
    • (4) Specification.
    • (5) Drawings or photographs.
    • (6) The inventor's oath or declaration (see § 1.153(b) ).
  • (b) The specification should include the following sections in order:
    • (1) Preamble, stating the name of the applicant, title of the design, and a brief description of the nature and intended use of the article in which the design is embodied.
    • (2) Cross-reference to related applications (unless included in the application data sheet).
    • (3) Statement regarding federally sponsored research or development.
    • (4) Description of the figure or figures of the drawing.
    • (5) Feature description.
    • (6) A single claim.
  • (c) The text of the specification sections defined in paragraph (b) of this section, if applicable, should be preceded by a section heading in uppercase letters without underlining or bold type.
[24 FR 10332, Dec. 22, 1959, para. (e), 48 FR 2713, Jan. 20, 1983, effective date Feb. 27, 1983; revised, 61 FR 42790, Aug. 19, 1996, effective Sept. 23, 1996; para. (a)(3) revised, 62 FR 53131, Oct. 10, 1997, effective Dec. 1, 1997; revised, 65 FR 54604, Sept. 8, 2000, effective Nov. 7, 2000; para. (a)(6) revised, 77 FR 48776, Aug. 14, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012]