(a) A submission by a member of the public of patents or publications relevant to a pending published application may be entered in the application file if the submission complies with the requirements of this section and the application is still pending when the submission and application file are brought before the examiner.
(b) A submission under this section must identify the application to which it is directed by application number and include:
(2) A list of the patents or publications submitted for consideration by the Office, including the date of publication of each patent or publication;
(3) A copy of each listed patent or publication in written form or at least the pertinent portions; and
(4) An English language translation of all the necessary and pertinent parts of any non-English language patent or publication in written form relied upon.
(c) The submission under this section must be served upon the applicant in accordance with § 1.248.
(d) A submission under this section shall not include any explanation of the patents or publications, or any other information. The Office will not enter such explanation or information if included in a submission under this section. A submission under this section is also limited to ten total patents or publications.
(e) A submission under this section must be filed within two months from the date of publication of the application ( § 1.215(a)) or prior to the mailing of a notice of allowance ( § 1.311 ), whichever is earlier. Any submission under this section not filed within this period is permitted only when the patents or publications could not have been submitted to the Office earlier, and must also be accompanied by the processing fee set forth in § 1.17(i). A submission by a member of the public to a pending published application that does not comply with the requirements of this section will not be entered.
(f) A member of the public may include a self-addressed postcard with a submission to receive an acknowledgment by the Office that the submission has been received. A member of the public filing a submission under this section will not receive any communications from the Office relating to the submission other than the return of a self-addressed postcard. In the absence of a request by the Office, an applicant has no duty to, and need not, reply to a submission under this section.
[65 FR 57056, Sept. 20, 2000; 65 FR 66502, Nov. 6, 2000, as amended at 68 FR 38628, June 30, 2003]
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