Entries by Lisa Parmley

7 Tips to Ace the Patent Bar Exam

Preparing to take the patent bar examination requires a healthy amount of dedication. As with any higher education test, developing good study habits and time management skills will really go a long way in passing the assessment. The patent bar exam is certainly no exception to this as it’s no walk in the park. Thankfully, […]

Patent Paralegal Resume Tips

Patent attorneys represent clients who are seeking patents and all legal matters that relate to obtaining a patent. Patent law is a great area of law for paralegals. It involves doing a lot of paperwork, preparing a lot of documentation, and performing a lot of research. If you’re a paralegal and are thinking about pursuing […]

Patent Agent and Patent Attorney Salary Guide

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a patent attorney and a patent agent? And how much you can make in this lucrative field under each title? With the rise in technology, patent attorneys and agents are in demand. It takes different steps to become a patent attorney versus becoming a patent agent so […]

MPEP Q & A 168: Competent Representation to a Client

Question: A practitioner shall provide competent representation to a client. What does competent representation to a client entail? Answer: Competent representation requires the legal, scientific, and technical knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in the following supplement: Changes to Representation of […]

10 Things You May Not Have Realized Were Invented in the 1990’s

So much technology invented in the 1990’s was critical to the advancement of technological innovation that got us to where we are today. Smartphones, the digital camera, targeted Internet searches and the World Wide Web itself, emojis, even SnapChat and Instagram are all built on the ideas that came about in the 1990’s. Read on […]

MPEP Q & A 167: When Must Applicants Timely File a Notice of Foreign Filing to Avoid Abandonment of a U.S. Application?

Question: Name one circumstance where applicants must timely file a notice of foreign filing to avoid abandonment of a U.S. application. Answer: Applicants must timely file a notice of foreign filing to avoid abandonment of a U.S. application if: applicant filed a nonpublication request in the U.S. application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a); applicant subsequently […]

How to Become a Patent Paralegal

A patent paralegal, also often referred to as an intellectual property paralegal, is a career path you can choose to take if you’re interested in patent law, trademarks, copyrighting, and trade secrets. Patent paralegals can’t legally perform law but they are a strong asset for patent lawyers and their clients. They’re beneficial in many of […]

MPEP Q & A 166: Further Written Opinion Established by the International Preliminary Examining Authority

Question: Name one item any further written opinion established by the International Preliminary Examining Authority should set forth. Answer: Any further written opinion established by the International Preliminary Examining Authority should set forth, as applicable: (A) Any defects in the international application concerning subject matter which is not required to be examined or which is […]