During the November 2007 Trilateral Conference, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Japan Patent Office (JPO) agreed on a common application format. This format, which was developed in consultation with users from the three regions, will simplify and streamline application filing requirements in each Office to allow applicants to prepare a single application in the common application format for acceptance in each of the three Offices.
Please click on the links below to view the basic principles and requirements of the format.
- Basic Principles of the Common Application Format [PDF]
- Annex I: Common Requirements for All Types of Documents [PDF]
- Annex II: Comparative Table of Examples for Each Type of the Applications [PDF]
The following is an example of a patent application format which complies with the Common Application Format. For legibility purposes, each heading is indented in this paper.
Title of Invention
Summary of Invention
Solution to Problem
Advantageous Effects of Invention
Brief Description of Drawings
Description of Embodiments
Reference Signs List
Reference to Deposited Biological Material
Sequence Listing Free Text
Non Patent Literature
Current USPTO rules and procedure are consistent with the Common Application Format. While some of the requirements of the Common Application Format go beyond what the USPTO requires, the USPTO will accept an application in the Common Application Format.
Further information on the common application format and the implementation status of the common application format in each of the Trilateral Offices is available at http://www.trilateral.net/projects/pct/CAF.html