MPEP Q & A 296: List the criteria for “Large Tables”



List the criteria for “Large Tables” that may be submitted in electronic form in ASCII plain text.


“Large Tables” that may be submitted in electronic form in ASCII plain text are:

  • any individual table that is more than 50 pages in length, or
  • multiple tables, if the total number of pages of all the tables in an application exceeds 100 pages in length.

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 07.2022, Published February 2023. 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 608.05(b) of the MPEP.  The following is a brief summary of section 608.05(b).

608.05(b) ASCII Plain Text Submissions of “Large Tables” and Treatment of Lengthy Tables in a Specification for Patents and Patent Application Publications

Under 37 CFR 1.58(c), several different methods for submitting “Large Tables” are set forth, including submitting ASCII plain text files on read-only optical disc(s) in the form of CD-ROM, CD-R, DVD-R, or DVD+R.  Applicant(s) may also submit “Large Tables” as ASCII plain text files via the USPTO patent electronic filing system.

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