Changes to Disclosure Document Program

The PTO is revising and clarifying the Disclosure Document Program to improve processing and to simplify customer requirements. The following changes to the Disclosure Document Program are effective upon publication:

1) The document must be written on one side only, on white letter-size (21.6 cm x 27.9 cm or 8 1/2 by 11 inches) or DIN Size A4 (21.0 x 29.7 cm) paper. (Oversized paper, although foldable to the above dimensions, is not acceptable.) 2) Drawings or sketches must be on paper the same size as the rest of the document. o The fee for filing a Disclosure Document is $10.00. Documents submitted without the full fee will be returned. o A copy of a Disclosure Document will be furnished upon receipt of a written request (from the inventor or attorney/agent only) and with a fee of $25.00. 37 CFR 1.19(b)(3).

Section 1706 of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures (MPEP) will be revised in accordance with this notice. The section also contains further information regarding the Disclosure Document Program.

July 21, 1995

JAMES O. THOMAS, JR.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Patent Process Services