Entries by Editorial Staff

MPEP Q & A 1: Major Types of Patent Status

Question: What are the 3 major types of patent status? Answer: The 3 major types of patent status include: pending applications, abandoned applications, and issued patents. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 100 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Secrecy, Access, National Security, and Foreign Filing. The question and […]

2015 Patent Statistics: An In-Depth Look in Charts and Graphs

Patents are big business for individuals, corporations, and even governments. According to USPTO sources, 325,979 patents were granted in 2015. The following article delves into more details on 2015 patent statistics in charts and graphs. Table of Contents: 1. Patent Types 2. Utility Patents 2.1 U.S. vs. Foreign Origination 2.2 Top Patent Producing Countries 2.3 […]

March 16th, 2016 Patent Bar Updates

The online version of the PES Patent Bar Review course was completely updated for the March 16, 2016 changes in February.  The new changes revolve around the switch from the Edition 9 MPEP + exam notices to Edition 9, Revision 07.2015 MPEP + exam notices. We estimate that we spent around 350 hours of time getting […]

Update on 07.2015 Patent Bar Review Course

As you may realize by now, the Patent Bar exam will be updated starting March 16th, 2016. The updates include the switch from the 9th Edition MPEP to the 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015 which includes many changes (and a brand new chapter). While March 16th is still over two months away, I’d like to update […]

State of the Patent Bar in 2016

It’s hard to believe, but 2016 is right around the corner. Therefore, we’d like to give you some information on the state of the Patent Bar. This includes the new updates planned for next year. Breaking Down the Different MPEP Versions The 9th Edition of the MPEP is dated as being created in November 2013 (and […]

Thane Andrew of The Patent Illustrator Talks Patent Drafting

The following is an interview with Thane Andrew, founder and owner of The Patent Illustrator LLC. The Patent Illustrator provides patent drawings and designs for patent applications. Even if you’re not interested in starting a career as a patent drafter, Thane’s interview has valuable information on patent drawings which is relevant to virtually everyone in […]

Patent Bar Review Course September 2015 Upgrades

Are you thinking about preparing for the Patent Bar exam?  It’s our goal to create the most efficient and streamlined course available.  Here’s a quick list of the latest additions to our Patent Bar review course: 1. We’ve added in a Social Community. The community is just getting started, but it’s our hope that you’ll […]

MPEP Classification Quiz #4

MPEP Chapter Hotspot Quiz Difficulty Level:  Easy What it Covers:  MPEP Classification Type of Quiz:  Hotspot Click here to take Quiz! In this quiz you will be shown a block diagram illustrating the different MPEP chapters. You’ll be asked questions on which chapters specific topics are covered in.  To answer the questions you simply need […]