409.03(h) Processing and Acceptance of a Pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47 Application [R-08.2012]

[Editor Note: This MPEP section is not applicable to applications filed on or after September 16, 2012.]

A filing date is assigned to an application deposited pursuant to pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47 provided the requirements of 37 CFR 1.53(b) are met. A filing receipt will be sent to the applicant and the application , or an electronic message concerning the petition under pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47, will be forwarded to the Office of Petitions, for consideration of the petition filed under pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47.

When papers deposited pursuant to pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47 are found acceptable, the Office of Petitions enters a decision to that effect in the file. A notice will be published in the Official Gazette identifying the application number, filing date, the title of the invention and the name(s) of the nonsigning inventor(s). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will notify the nonsigning inventor(s) or, if the inventor is deceased, the legal representative(s), of the filing of an application under pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47 by sending a letter to the last known address of the nonsigning inventor(s) or legal representative(s). In a continuation or divisional application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(b) of an application accorded status under pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47, if a copy of a declaration from a prior application and a copy of a decision according status under pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47 are filed as permitted by pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.63(d)(3)(i), the notice will not be repeated. See pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.47(c). In addition, the notice is not repeated in continued prosecution applications filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d).