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MPEP Q & A 15: Procedural Step for International Applications Going Through the International Searching Authority

Question: List one procedural step that all international applications go through in the International Searching Authority. Answer: The main procedural steps that any international application goes through in the International Searching Authority are: the making of the international search, the preparing of the international search report and for international applications having an international filing date […]

MPEP Q & A 14: Request for Simultaneous Issue

Question: What must a request for simultaneous issue contain? Answer: The request must contain the following information about each allowed application for which simultaneous issue is requested; application number, filing date, name(s) of inventor(s), title of invention, and date of allowance. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1300 of […]

MPEP Q & A 11: Items Required in an Appeal Brief

Question: List two items which are required in an appeal brief. Answer: The specific items required in an appeal brief are: (i) Real party in interest. (ii) Related appeals, interferences, and trials. (iii) Summary of claimed subject matter. (iv) Argument. (v) Claims appendix. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter […]

MPEP Q & A 10: Contesting an Objection

Question: What is one way an applicant may contest an objection? Answer: An applicant may contest an objection by: asking the examiner to reconsider it. filing a petition to the Commissioner. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 700 of the MPEP. This chapter covers the examination of applications. The […]

MPEP Q & A 9: Two Types of Double Patenting Rejections

Question: What are the two types of double patenting rejections? Answer: There are generally two types of double patenting rejections. One is the “same invention” type double patenting rejection based on 35 U.S.C. 101 which states in the singular that an inventor “may obtain a patent.” The second is the “nonstatutory-type” double patenting rejection based […]

MPEP Q & A 8: Filings Third-Party Submissions May Not Be Directed To

Question: List at least one type of filing that third-party submissions may not be directed to. Answer: Third-party submissions may not be directed to: provisional applications, issued patents, reissue applications, and reexamination proceedings. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1100 of the MPEP. This chapter covers the Statutory Invention […]

MPEP Q & A 7: Type of Descriptions of the Interest Conveyed or the Transaction to Be Recorded

Question: List two examples of the type of descriptions of the interest conveyed or transaction to be recorded that can be identified. Answer: Examples of the type of descriptions of the interest conveyed or transaction to be recorded that can be identified are: assignment; security agreement; merger; change of name; license; foreclosure; lien; contract; and […]

MPEP Q & A 6: Applicant Initiated Interview Request Forms

Question: What should an Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form include? Answer: An Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form should identify the participants of the interview, the proposed date of the interview, whether the interview will be personal, telephonic, or video conference, and should include a brief description of the issues to be discussed. Chapter Details: The […]