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MPEP Q & A 235: What is a mathematical relationship?

Question: What is a mathematical relationship? Answer: A mathematical relationship is a relationship between variables or numbers. A mathematical relationship may be expressed in words or using mathematical symbols. For example, pressure (p) can be described as the ratio between the magnitude of the normal force (F) and area of the surface on contact (A), […]

Differences Between MPEP 08.2017 and MPEP 10.2019

You’ve likely already seen that the patent bar exam underwent an update after October 13, 2021 and you may be wondering what the differences are now that the exam is updated. The main change is that the tested version of the MPEP will now be the MPEP, Ninth Edition, Revision 10.2019. All the supplements are […]

MPEP Q & A 233: List application filing dates for determining whether patent is subject to maintenance fees

Question: What are the application filing dates for purposes of determining whether a patent is subject to payment of maintenance fees? Answer: Application filing dates for purposes of determining whether a patent is subject to payment of maintenance fees are as follows: (A) For an application not claiming benefit of an earlier application, the actual […]

Patent Bar Updates on Source Materials Starting October 13th, 2021

The USPTO is changing the source materials the patent bar exam is covering starting October 13, 2021. Our course includes the newest updates. The patent bar exam will start covering the MPEP, Ninth Edition, Revision 10.2019, Last Revised June 2020. In addition to incorporating questions from the latest revision of the MPEP, the exam also […]

MPEP Q & A 231: Types of papers that may be filed and processed electronically

Question: What are the types of papers that may be filed and processed electronically? Answer: Registered users may use EFS-Web to submit web-based documents such as ePetitions, Requests for Withdrawal as Attorney or Agent of Record, and eTerminal Disclaimers. EFS-Web permits registered users to file the following auto-processed ePetitions, requests, and eTerminal Disclaimers: Request for […]