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MPEP 2900

International Design Applications Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  55 pgsSections:  2901 – 2950 Brief Summary: This chapter was new as of the 9th Edition 07.2015.  It covers details on International Design Applications. A single International Design Application may be filed…

MPEP 2800

Supplemental Examination Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  65 pgsSections:  2801 – 2823 Brief Summary: Chapter 2800 provides guidance on Supplemental Examination, which was created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) effective September 16, 2012. Supplemental examination provides a patent…

MPEP 2700

Patent Terms, Adjustments, and Extensions Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  93 pgsSections:  2701 – 2766 Brief Summary: This chapter discusses the intricacies involved with patent terms including how a term may be adjusted or extended.   Key Terms: Patent Term…

MPEP 2600

Optional Inter Partes Reexamination Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  176 pgsSections:  2601 – 2696 Brief Summary: This chapter discusses inter partes reexamination proceedings. These involve the initiator of the reexamination as well as the patent holder and an examiner. Many…

MPEP 2500

Maintenance Fees Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  33 pgsSections:  2501 – 2595 Brief Summary: Maintenance fees must be paid on all utility applications filed after December 12, 1980. Maintenance fees are not required on design or plant patents. The fees…

MPEP 2400

Biotechnology Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  114 pgsSections:  2401 – 2435 Brief Summary: The biotechnology chapter focuses on the rules for biological deposits and sequences. Due to the nature of biological based inventions, it may not always be sufficient for…

MPEP 2300

Interference and Derivation Proceedings Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  29 pgsSections:  2301 – 2315 Brief Summary: An interference is a proceeding that is held before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to determine who should receive the right to a…

MPEP 2200

Citation of Prior Art and Ex Parte Reexamination of Patents Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  199 pgsSections:  2201 – 2296 Brief Summary: This chapter serves as a guide regarding the processing and filing of prior art citations and reexamination requests.…

MPEP 2100

Patentability Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  524 pgsSections:  2101 – 2190 Brief Summary: Determining whether specific subject matter is patentable is a very difficult task. Therefore, the PTO has many rules and guidelines used to help sort out this dilemma.…

MPEP 2000

Duty of Disclosure Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  22 pgsSections:  2000 – 2022 Brief Summary: This chapter deals with the duties of disclosure. Each inventor and every other individual who is substantially involved in the preparation or prosecution of the…

MPEP 1900

Protest Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  12 pgsSections:  1901 – 1920 Brief Summary: If any member of the public becomes aware of a pending application which he or she believes should not gain patent status, that individual has the right…

MPEP 1800

Patent Cooperation Treaty Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  199 pgsSections:  1801 – 1896 Brief Summary: A Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application enables a U.S. applicant to file one international application (known as the international phase) to the U.S. and have…

MPEP 1700

Miscellaneous Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  12 pgsSections:  1701 – 1730 Brief Summary: This chapter discusses several miscellaneous topics such as the restrictions placed on former examiners aiding in the writing or prosecution of a patent application. It also outlines…

MPEP 1600

Plant Patents Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  13 pgsSections:  1601 – 1613 Brief Summary: This chapter provides an overview of plant patents. Note that these patents will only be granted for certain plants. One of the major criteria for a…

MPEP 1500

Design Patents Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  79 pgsSections:  1501 – 1513 Brief Summary: The details of design patents are discussed here. Design patents protect the way an article “looks” as opposed to how an article “works” (which is provided…

MPEP 1400

Correction of Patents Quick Statistics: Number of Pages:  176 pgsSections:  1400 – 1490 Brief Summary: A reissue application may be filed to correct an error made without any deceptive intent in the original patent. In order to qualify for reissue,…


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