37 CFR 1.414: The United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Designated Office or Elected Office

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

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1.414    The United States Patent and Trademark Office as a Designated Office or Elected Office.

  • (a) The United States Patent and Trademark Office will act as a Designated Office or Elected Office for international applications in which the United States of America has been designated or elected as a State in which patent protection is desired.
  • (b) The United States Patent and Trademark Office, when acting as a Designated Office or Elected Office during international processing will be identified by the full title “United States Designated Office” or by the abbreviation “DO/US” or by the full title “United States Elected Office” or by the abbreviation “EO/US.”
  • (c) The major functions of the United States Designated Office or Elected Office in respect to international applications in which the United States of America has been designated or elected, include:
    • (1) Receiving various notifications throughout the international stage and
    • (2) National stage processing for international applications entering the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371.
[52 FR 20047, May 28, 1987, effective July 1, 1987; para. (c)(2) revised, 77 FR 48776, Aug. 14, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012]