Only one side of each page may be used. The designation of domestic representative should always be a paper separate from any assignment document, in order that the paper of designation can be retained in the appropriate application or patent file.
An assignment relating to a patent must identify the patent by the patent number. The public may also search patent and trademark assignment information online through the USPTO website. All the searchable information going on the public record is transcribed directly from the cover sheet.
The date the joint research agreement was executed must also be identified. If the document submitted for recordation is a joint research agreement or an excerpt of a joint research agreement, the cover sheet must clearly identify the document as a "joint research agreement" in the space provided for the description of the interest conveyed if using Form PTO If the copy submitted for recordation is illegible, the recorded document will be illegible.