Each document submitted to the Office for recording must include a single cover sheet (as specified in § 3.31) referring either to those patent applications and patents, or to those trademark applications and registrations, against which the document is to be recorded.
If a document to be recorded includes interests in, or transactions involving, both patents and trademarks, then separate patent and trademark cover sheets, each accompanied by a copy of the document to be recorded, must be submitted.
An assignment relating to a patent must identify the patent by the patent number.
An assignment relating to a national patent application must identify the national patent application by the application number (consisting of the series code and the serial number; e.g., 07/123,456).
If the assignee of a patent, patent application, trademark application or trademark registration is not domiciled in the United States, the assignee may designate a domestic representative in a document filed in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The designation should state the name and address of a person residing within the United States on whom may be served process or notice of proceedings affecting the application, patent or registration or rights thereunder.If an assignment of a provisional application is executed before the provisional application is filed, it must identify the provisional application by name(s) of the inventors and the title of the invention.The Office makes every effort to provide applicants with the application numbers for newly filed patent applications as soon as possible.The name(s) of every other party(ies) to the joint research agreement must also be identified (in the space provided for the name of the party conveying the interest if using Form PTO-1595).Each patent cover sheet should contain the number of patent applications or patents identified in the cover sheet and the total fee.If the copy submitted for recordation is illegible, the recorded document will be illegible.Accordingly, applicants and patent owners should ensure that only a legible copy is submitted for recordation.37 CFR 3.11(c) provides that the Office will record a joint research agreement or an excerpt of a joint research agreement.The United States Patent and Trademark Office will accept and record only a copy of an original assignment or other document. The document submitted for recordation will not be returned to the submitter.Use EPAS to create and submit a Patent Assignment Recordation Coversheet by completing on-line web forms and attaching the supporting legal documentation as black and white TIFF or PDF for submission via the internet.You may email questions about filing electronic patent assignments to [email protected]