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- Under 37 C.F.R. Section 2.195(a)(2), a Section 8 or 9 affidavit or declaration filed through TEAS is considered to have been filed on the date the USPTO receives the transmission, regardless of whether that date is a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday within the District of Columbia.
- Section 8 or 9 affidavits or declarations filed on paper are considered timely if they are mailed or transmitted by the due date with a certificate of mailing or facsimile transmission under 37 C.F.R. Section 2.197. See TMEP Sections 305.02 and 306.05 for certificate of mailing and certificate of facsimile transmission procedures to avoid lateness. If the latest date for filing a Section 8 or 9 falls on a a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday within the District of Columbia, a Section 8 or 9 filed on paper will be accepted as timely if it is recieved in the Office on the next business day.