Entries by Editorial Staff

MPEP Q & A 187: Two Final Rules Dealing with Claim Construction Standard

Question: What are the two final rules dealing with the claim construction standard as implemented in the supplement entitled “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board”? Answer: In the first final rule, the Office changed the existing rules to, among other things: Increase […]

MPEP Q & A 186: Name Types of Patents that May Not Use 37 C.F.R. 1.114

Question: Name two types of patents that may not use the provisions of 37 C.F.R. 1.114. Answer: The provisions of 37 C.F.R. 1.114 do not apply to the following types of patents: design patent applications provisional applications applications filed before June 8, 1995 international applications filed before June 8, 1995 an international design application reexamination […]

Speed-Reading: Hoax or Real?

Be it a student or a working adult, we read one thing or another everyday both consciously as well as subconsciously. Certain professionals have to read as a part of their jobs such as authors, proofreaders, publishers, and patent attorneys, etc. For regular readers, reading is not a difficult task, whereas others might struggle with […]

Tips to Advance Your Career in Patent Law

Becoming a patent agent or patent attorney is difficult, time-consuming and requires a lot of hard work. Many people seem to slow down and take the job very lightly once they get started. This article discusses some very helpful ways you can do well as a patent practitioner whether agent or attorney and advance in […]

MPEP Q & A 184: What Should a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection Identify Under Step 2A?

Question: A subject matter eligibility rejection under Step 2 should provide an explanation for each part of the Step 2 analysis; Step 2A and Step 2B. What specifically should a rejection identify under Step 2A? Answer: For Step 2A, the rejection should identify the judicial exception by referring to what is recited (i.e., set forth or described) in […]

MPEP Q & A 183: When Changes to the Claim Construction Standard Apply

Question: When will the changes to the claim construction standard as outlined in “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” apply? Answer: As shown in the supplement … The changes to the claim construction standard will apply to proceedings where a petition is filed […]

Learning Is the Only Skill That Matters

Learning is unavoidable, we are learning all the time, every day of our lives, both consciously and subconsciously. It is an essential and crucial life skill that is necessary for anyone who wants to continuously progress in life. Learning is considered by many the only skill that truly matters since lifelong learning is a vital […]