600 Parts, Form, and Content of Application

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600 Parts, Form, and Content of Application

605.01: clarify partial and obligated assignee-Applicant

Fact pattern: A corporation is applying for a patent. A first inventor has signed the Assignment papers assigning that inventor's rights to the corporation. A second inventor is on vacation and cannot sign the Assignment before filing, but is under an obligation to assign to the corporation.

MPEP 605.01, and the language in the ADS (PTO/AIA/14 (11-15)), are unclear about whether to list one or two Applicants in this... more »

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(@chrisw)

600 Parts, Form, and Content of Application

601.05(a), II: Don't need strikeout when first adding Applicant

601.05(a), II (Jan. 2018) at 600-50--51 says that:

A corrected ADS accompanying a request to change the applicant ... must show the changes in applicant information relative to the applicant information on the most recent filing receipt, even if ... an applicant was not previously identified in an ADS ...

However, I don't believe that matches the Office's current practice. Specifically, if no Applicant has been specified,... more »

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