37 CFR 1.477 - Protest to lack of unity of invention before the International Searching Authority.

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§ 1.477 Protest to lack of unity of invention before the International Searching Authority.

(a) If the applicant disagrees with the holding of lack of unity of invention by the International Searching Authority, additional fees may be paid under protest, accompanied by a request for refund and a statement setting forth reasons for disagreement or why the required additional fees are considered excessive, or both (PCT Rule 40.2(c)).

(b) Protest under paragraph (a) of this section will be examined by the Director or the Director's designee. In the event that the applicant's protest is determined to be justified, the additional fees or a portion thereof will be refunded.

(c) An applicant who desires that a copy of the protest and the decision thereon accompany the international search report when forwarded to the Designated Offices, may notify the International Searching Authority to that effect any time prior to the issuance of the international search report. Thereafter, such notification should be directed to the International Bureau (PCT Rule 40.2(c)).

[ 43 FR 20466, May 11, 1978. Redesignated and amended at 52 FR 20048, May 28, 1987]

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U.S. Code: Title 35 - PATENTS

Title 37 published on 20-Dec-2017 04:15

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 37 CFR Part 1 after this date.

  • 2017-11-14; vol. 82 # 218 - Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    1. 82 FR 52780 - Setting and Adjusting Patent Fees During Fiscal Year 2017
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      DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, Patent and Trademark Office
      Final rule.
      This rule is effective on January 16, 2018. The changes to § 1.18(b)(1) shall apply to those international design applications under the Hague Agreement having a date of international registration on or after January 16, 2018.
      37 CFR Parts 1, 41, and 42