MPEP Q & A 173: What is a Complete Nonprovisional Application Comprised of?



What is a complete nonprovisional application comprised of?


A complete nonprovisional application comprises the following:

  • a specification, including claims,
  • drawings,
  • an oath or declaration,
  • the prescribed filing fee, search fee, examination fee and application size fee

Chapter Details:

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 600 of the MPEP. This chapter covers parts, form, and content of application.

The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 08.2017. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or may not be applicable in later Editions or revisions.

Section Summary:

This question and answer comes from section 601 of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 601.

601 Content of Provisional and Nonprovisional Applications 

This section covers the guidelines for drafting a nonprovisional patent application including the contents for a complete nonprovisional application and the arrangement and contents of the specification. A nonprovisional application must include a specification, including claims, drawings (if necessary), an oath or declaration, and the prescribed fees.

This section also covers the guidelines for drafting a provisional application. A provisional application does not need claims and no oath or declaration is required.