Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Chapter 600: Parts, Form, and Content of Application

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

Chapter 600: Parts, Form, and Content of Application

601: Content of Provisional and Nonprovisional Applications

601.01: Complete Application

601.01(a): Nonprovisional Applications Filed Under 35 U.S.C. 111(a)

601.01(b): Provisional Applications Filed Under 35 U.S.C. 111(b)

601.01(c): Conversion to or from a Provisional Application

601.01(d): Application Filed Without All Pages of Specification

601.01(e): Nonprovisional Application Filed Without at Least One Claim

601.01(f): Applications Filed Without Drawings

601.01(g): Applications Filed Without All Figures of Drawings

601.02: Power of Attorney

601.03: Correspondence Address

601.03(a): Change of Correspondence Address in Applications Filed On or After September 16, 2012

601.03(b): Change of Correspondence Address in Applications Filed Before September 16, 2012

601.04: National Stage Requirements of the United States as a Designated Office

601.05: Bibliographic Information - Application Data Sheet (ADS)

601.05(a): Application Data Sheet (ADS) -- Application Filed On or After September 16, 2012

601.05(b): Application Data Sheet (ADS) in Application Filed Before September 16, 2012

602: Oaths and Declarations

602.01: Inventorship

602.01(a): Inventor’s Oath or Declaration in Application Filed On or After September 16, 2012

602.01(b): Inventor’s Oath or Declaration in Application Filed Before September 16, 2012

602.01(c): Correction of Inventorship, Name of Inventor, and Order of Names in an Application

602.01(c)(1): Correction of Inventorship in an Application – Request Filed On or After September 16, 2012

602.01(c)(2): Correcting or Updating Inventor Name 37 CFR 1.48(f) – Request Filed On or After September 16, 2012

602.01(c)(3): Correction of Inventorship in an Application – Request Under 37 CFR 1.48 Filed Prior to September 16, 2012

602.02: New Oath or Substitute for Original

602.03: Office Finds the Inventor’s Oath or Declaration Defective

602.04: Foreign Executed Oath

602.05: Oath or Declaration in Continuing Applications

602.05(a): Oath or Declaration in Continuing Applications Filed On or After September 16, 2012

602.05(b): Oath or Declaration in Continuing Applications Filed Before September 16, 2012

602.06: Non-English Oath or Declaration

602.07: Oath or Declaration Filed in United States as a Designated Office

602.08: Inventor and Application Information

602.08(a): Inventor Bibliographic Information

602.08(b): Inventor Signature and Name

602.08(c): Identification of Application

602.09: Joint Inventors

603: Supplemental Oath or Declaration

603.01: Supplemental Oath or Declaration Filed After Allowance

604: Substitute Statements

605: Applicant

605.01: Applicant for Application filed on or after September 16, 2012

605.02: Applicant for Application Filed Before September 16, 2012

606: Title of Invention

606.01: Examiner May Require Change in Title

607: Filing Fee

607.01: [Reserved]

607.02: Returnability of Fees

608: Disclosure

608.01: Specification

608.01(a): Arrangement of Application

608.01(b): Abstract of the Disclosure

608.01(c): Background of the Invention

608.01(d): Brief Summary of Invention

608.01(e): Reservation Clauses Not Permitted

608.01(f): Brief Description of Drawings

608.01(g): Detailed Description of Invention

608.01(h): Mode of Operation of Invention

608.01(i): Claims

608.01(j): Numbering of Claims

608.01(k): Statutory Requirement of Claims

608.01(l): Claims Present on the Application Filing Date

608.01(m): Form of Claims

608.01(n): Dependent Claims

608.01(o): Basis for Claim Terminology in Description

608.01(p): Completeness of Specification

608.01(q): Substitute or Rewritten Specification

608.01(r): Derogatory Remarks About Prior Art in Specification

608.01(s): Restoration of Canceled Matter

608.01(t): Use in Subsequent Application

608.01(u): [Reserved]

608.01(v): Marks Used in Commerce and Trade Names

608.01(w): Copyright and Mask Work Notices

608.02: Drawing

608.02(a): New Drawing — When Replacement is Required Before Examination

608.02(b): Acceptability of Drawings

608.02(c): Location of Drawings

608.02(d): Complete Illustration in Drawings

608.02(e): Examiner Determines Completeness and Consistency of Drawings

608.02(f): Modifications in Drawings

608.02(g): Illustration of Prior Art

608.02(h): Replacement Drawings

608.02(i): Transfer of Drawings From Prior Applications

608.02(j) - 608.02(o): [Reserved]

608.02(p): Correction of Drawings

608.02(q) - 608.02(s): [Reserved]

608.02(t): Cancelation of Figures

608.02(u): [Reserved]

608.02(v): Drawing Changes Which Require Annotated Sheets

608.02(w): Drawing Changes Which May Be Made Without Applicant’s Annotated Sheets

608.02(x): Drawing Corrections or Changes Accepted Unless Notified Otherwise

608.02(y): Return of Drawing

608.02(z): Allowable Applications Needing Drawing Corrections or Corrected Drawings

608.03: Models, Exhibits, Specimens

608.03(a): Handling of Models, Exhibits, and Specimens

608.04: New Matter

608.04(a): Matter Not Present in Specification, Claims, or Drawings on the Application Filing Date

608.04(b): New Matter by Preliminary Amendment

608.04(c): Review of Examiner’s Holding of New Matter

608.05: Sequence Listing, Table, or Computer Program Listing Appendix Submitted in Electronic Form

608.05(a): Deposit of Computer Program Listings

608.05(b): Compact Disc Submissions of Large Tables

608.05(c): Submissions of Biological Sequence Listings as ASCII Files

609: Information Disclosure Statement

609.01: Examiner Checklist for Information Disclosure Statements

609.02: Information Disclosure Statements in Continued Examinations or Continuing Applications

609.03: Information Disclosure Statements in National Stage Applications

609.04: [Reserved]

609.04(a): Content Requirements for an Information Disclosure Statement

609.04(b): Timing Requirements for an Information Disclosure Statement

609.05: Examiner Handling of Information Disclosure Statements

609.05(a): Noncomplying Information Disclosure Statements

609.05(b): Complying Information Disclosure Statements

609.05(c): Documents Submitted as Part of Applicant’s Reply to Office Action

609.06: Information Printed on Patent

609.07: IDSs Electronically Submitted (e-IDS) Using EFS-Web

609.08: Electronic Processing of Information Disclosure Statement