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MPEP Q & A 45: Timing of Demand for International Preliminary Examination

Question: When must the Demand for international preliminary examination be made? Answer: The Demand must be made prior to the expiration of whichever of the following periods expires later: (A) three months from the date of transmittal to the applicant of the international search report or of the declaration referred to in PCT Article 17(2)(a), […]

MPEP Q & A 40: Situations Where There May be a Remand For Examiner Action Not For Further Consideration of a Rejection

Question: Name two examples of situations where there may be a remand by the Board for examiner action that is not for further consideration of a rejection. Answer: The following are two examples of situations where there may be a remand by the Board for examiner action that is not for further consideration of a […]

MPEP Q & A 39: Types of Applications That Will Not be Published

Question: List 2 types of applications that will not be published. Answer: The Office will not publish the following applications: Provisional applications; Design applications; International design applications; and Reissue applications (because reissue applications are not kept confidential). Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 1100 of the MPEP. This chapter […]

MPEP Q & A 38: Common Types of Linking Claims

Question: What are the most common types of linking claims? Answer: The most common types of linking claims which, if allowable, act to prevent restriction between inventions that can otherwise be shown to be divisible, are (A) genus claims linking species claims; and (B) subcombination claims linking plural combinations. Chapter Details: The answer to this […]

MPEP Q & A 37: Non-Structural Generic Placeholders Invoking 35 USC 112(f)

Question: List 2 non-structural generic placeholders that may invoke 35 U.S.C. 112(f) or pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 112, paragraph 6. Answer: The following is a list of non-structural generic placeholders that may invoke 35 U.S.C. 112(f) or pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 112, paragraph 6: “mechanism for,” “module for,” “device for,” “unit for,” “component for,” “element for,” “member […]

MPEP Q & A 36: Documents a Person Acting in a Representative Capacity May Not Sign

Question: List two documents a person acting in a representative capacity may not sign. Answer: A person acting in a representative capacity may not sign: a power of attorney, a document granting access to an application, a change of correspondence address, a terminal disclaimer, or a request for an express abandonment without filing a continuing […]