MPEP 300

Ownership and Assignment

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Number of Pages:  40pgs
Sections:  301 – 325

Brief Summary:

Inventorship is always granted to the individual who invented the subject matter of the patent. However, the inventor(s) may sell or transfer the rights to the invention via an assignment.

This chapter discusses several topics pertaining to assignments; including the recording and establishment of the assignment by the PTO.

Key Terms:

OwnershipAssignmentCertificate of Correction
InventorshipJoint Owners 

37 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations):

37 CFR 3.73Establishing right of assignee to take action.
37 CFR 1.12Assignment records open to public inspection.

35 USC (United States Code):

35 USC 261Ownership; assignment.
35 USC 262Joint owners.

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