Privacy Act Statement
The Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-579) requires that you be given certain information in connection with
your submission of the attached form related to a patent application or patent. Accordingly, pursuant to
the requirements of the Act, please be advised that: (1) the general authority for the collection of this
information is 35 U.S.C. 2(b)(2); (2) furnishing of the information solicited is voluntary; and (3) the
principal purpose for which the information is used by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is to process
and/or examine your submission related to a patent application or patent. If you do not furnish the
requested information, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may not be able to process and/or examine
your submission, which may result in termination of proceedings or abandonment of the application or
expiration of the patent.
The information provided by you in this form will be subject to the following routine uses:
1. The information on this form will be treated confidentially to the extent allowed under the
Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C 552a). Records from
this system of records may be disclosed to the Department of Justice to determine whether
disclosure of these records is required by the Freedom of Information Act.
2. A record from this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, in the course of
presenting evidence to a court, magistrate, or administrative tribunal, including disclosures to
opposing counsel in the course of settlement negotiations.
3. A record in this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a Member of Congress
submitting a request involving an individual, to whom the record pertains, when the individual
has requested assistance from the Member with respect to the subject matter of the record.
4. A record in this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a contractor of the
Agency having need for the information in order to perform a contract. Recipients of information
shall be required to comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended,
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(m).
5. A record related to an International Application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty in this
system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the International Bureau of the World
Intellectual Property Organization, pursuant to the Patent Cooperation Treaty.
6. A record in this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to another federal agency
for purposes of National Security review (35 U.S.C. 181) and for review pursuant to the Atomic
Energy Act (42 U.S.C. 218(c)).
7. A record from this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the Administrator,
General Services, or his/her designee, during an inspection of records conducted by GSA as
part of that agency’s responsibility to recommend improvements in records management
practices and programs, under authority of 44 U.S.C. 2904 and 2906. Such disclosure shall be
made in accordance with the GSA regulations governing inspection of records for this purpose,
and any other relevant (i.e., GSA or Commerce) directive. Such disclosure shall not be used
to make determinations about individuals.
8. A record from this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to the public after
either publication of the application pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 122(b) or issuance of a patent
pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 151. Further, a record may be disclosed, subject to the limitations of 37
CFR 1.14, as a routine use, to the public if the record was filed in an application which became
abandoned or in which the proceedings were terminated and which application is referenced by
either a published application, an application open to public inspection or an issued patent.
9. A record from this system of records may be disclosed, as a routine use, to a Federal, State, or
local law enforcement agency, if the USPTO becomes aware of a violation or potential violation
of law or regulation.