Entries by Editorial Staff

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 […]

MPEP Q & A 182: Characteristics of Ex Parte Reexamination

Question: List one of the basic characteristics of ex parte reexamination. Answer: The basic characteristics of ex parte reexamination are as follows: Anyone can request reexamination at any time during the period of enforceability of the patent; In ex parte reexaminations, prior art considered during reexamination is limited to prior art patents or printed publications […]

MPEP Q & A 181: Summary of Claim Construction Standard

Question: What is the executive summary of the final rule when dealing with the claim construction standard that took effect on November 13, 2018? Answer: This final rule revises the rules for IPR, PGR, and CBM proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (‘‘AIA’’) providing for trials before the Office, by replacing […]

Women in Science and Engineering

As in the wise words of Brigham Young “You educate a woman; you educate a generation,” it is clearly evident that women play an important part in the nurturing and development of a civilization and a nation. In order for a country to succeed, it very crucial for the women of that country to be […]

MPEP Q & A 180: AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(b)

Question: What does AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(b) discuss? Answer: AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(b) sets forth exceptions to prior art established in AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(a). Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 2100 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Patentability. The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 08.2017. Depending […]

5 Tips for Finding a Fulfilling Career

What does a fulfilling career look like to you? Everyone is searching for fulfillment in life and job satisfaction. Career fulfillment is different for everyone, but we can all agree that it’s more than just a steady paycheck and the ability to live in a comfortable manner. Not all job openings are right for everyone. […]

MPEP Q & A 179: What is the 3-Step Test for Recapture?

Question: What is the 3-step test for recapture? Answer: The three-step test for recapture is: First, we determine whether, and in what respect, the reissue claims are broader in scope than the original patent claims; Next, we determine whether the broader aspects of the reissue claims relate to subject matter surrendered in the original prosecution; […]