MPEP 1700 – Document Disclosure Program

The document disclosure program is defined in MPEP 1700.

The document disclosure program allows a paper which discloses an invention to be signed by the inventor(s) to be held on record at the USPTO for up to 2 years as proof of invention. This document can be submitted by the inventor, owner of the invention, attorney or agent of the inventor or owner. After the two year period the documents are destroyed unless they are referred to in a separate letter in a related patent application filed within the 2 years.

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