|Issue: Fees, Notifications, Applicant Submissions
||Referenced Items (197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205)
(198) Waiver of 37 CFR 1.312 for
Documents Required by the Office of Patent Publication
In preparation of a patent for issuance as a patent grant, if
the Office of Patent Publication discovers an error in the text, or
drawings of a patent application, including any missing text, or an
inconsistency between the drawings and the application papers, the
Office of Patent Publication may require an appropriate amendment to
the specification or drawings. 37 CFR 1.312, however, does not permit
an amendment after the payment of the issue fee without withdrawal of
the application from issue.
In order to be able to accept such an amendment as may be
required without having to withdraw an application from issue, the
Office of Patent Publication is hereby delegated the authority to waive
the requirement of 37 CFR 1.312 and accept an amendment filed after the
payment of the issue fee.
For information on this notice, contact the Office of
Patent Publication at (703)305-8263.
February 24, 2004 STEPHEN G. KUNIN
Deputy Commissioner for
Patent Examination Policy
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