Q) Nonprovisional Filing Date Requirements (10.03.31p)

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Recent test takers report that question #31 from the October 2003 (PM) test is in the patent bar exam database.


31. In accordance with the patent laws, rules and procedures as related in the MPEP, for a nonprovisional application to receive a filing date in the USPTO under 37 CFR 1.53(b), all of the following must be filed except:
(A) An oath or declaration executed by applicant pursuant to 37 CFR 1.63.
(B) A specification as prescribed by the first paragraph of 35 USC 112.
(C) A description pursuant to 37 CFR 1.71.
(D) At least one claim pursuant to 37 CFR 1.75.
(E) A drawing when required by 37 CFR 1.81(a).


ANSWER: (A) is the most correct answer. 35 U.S.C. § 111; 37 CFR § 1.53; MPEP § 601.01 As provided in 37 CFR § 1.53(f) and MPEP § 601.01(a), the oath or declaration for an application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(b) can be submitted after the filing date. (B), (C), (D) and (E) are incorrect. 37 CFR § 53(b); MPEP § 601.01. 37 CFR § 1.53(b) provides that a filing date is granted on the date on which a specification as prescribed by 35 U.S.C. § 112 containing a description pursuant to § 1.71 and at least one claim pursuant to § 1.75, and any drawing required by § 1.81(a) are filed in the Office. Thus, (B), (C), (D) and (E) are needed to obtain a filing date.

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1 SukiyakiNo Gravatar August 27, 2014 at 7:35 am

After December 18, 2013 the new law became effective because of the patent law treaty became. Under the new law, “(D) At least one claim pursuant to 37 CFR 1.75.” is not required any more. Do we answer under the new law or not?

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