Officers authorized to administer
to patent applications filed under 35 U.S.C.
111(a) or 363 on or after
September 16, 2012*]
The oath or affirmation may be made before any
person within the United States authorized by law to administer
oaths. An oath made in a foreign country may be made before any
diplomatic or consular officer of the United States authorized to
administer oaths, or before any officer having an official seal and
authorized to administer oaths in the foreign country in which the
applicant may be, whose authority shall be proved by a certificate
of a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States, or by an
apostille of an official designated by a foreign country which, by
treaty or convention, accords like effect to apostilles of
designated officials in the United States. The oath shall be
attested in all cases in this and other countries, by the proper
official seal of the officer before whom the oath or affirmation is
made. Such oath or affirmation shall be valid as to execution if it
complies with the laws of the State or country where made. When the
person before whom the oath or affirmation is made in this country
is not provided with a seal, his official character shall be
established by competent evidence, as by a certificate from a clerk
of a court of record or other proper officer having a seal.
When the oath is taken before an officer in a
country foreign to the United States, any accompanying application
papers, except the drawings, must be attached together with the
oath and a ribbon passed one or more times through all the sheets
of the application, except the drawings, and the ends of said
ribbon brought together under the seal before the latter is affixed
and impressed, or each sheet must be impressed with the official
seal of the officer before whom the oath is taken. If the papers as
filed are not properly ribboned or each sheet impressed with the
seal, the case will be accepted for examination, but before it is
allowed, duplicate papers, prepared in compliance with the
foregoing sentence, must be filed.
[47 FR 41275, Sept. 17, 1982, effective Oct. 1,
for more information and for the rule
applicable to patent applications filed under 35 U.S.C.
on or after Sept.