MPEP Q & A 185: What Must an Application Filed Under 37 CFR 1.53(d) be Filed Before the Earliest Of?

Question: What must an application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d) be filed before the earliest of? Answer: An application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d) must be filed before the earliest of: (A) payment of the issue fee on the prior application, unless a petition is granted in the prior application; (B) abandonment of the prior […]

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Tips to Advance Your Career in Patent Law

Becoming a patent agent or patent attorney is difficult, time-consuming and requires a lot of hard work. Many people seem to slow down and take the job very lightly once they get started. This article discusses some very helpful ways you can do well as a patent practitioner whether agent or attorney and advance in […]

MPEP Q & A 184: What Should a Subject Matter Eligibility Rejection Identify Under Step 2A?

Question: A subject matter eligibility rejection under Step 2 should provide an explanation for each part of the Step 2 analysis; Step 2A and Step 2B. What specifically should a rejection identify under Step 2A? Answer: For Step 2A, the rejection should identify the judicial exception by referring to what is recited (i.e., set forth or described) in […]

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Leaping in Life: Jumping into Patent Law as a Career Field

Choosing a career is a life defining moment. It requires a lot of thinking and decisiveness to ensure that you’re choosing a profession that is best for you. If you have an itch for the legal industry and are considering jumping into patent law as your career, read this article to find more about what […]

MPEP Q & A 183: When Changes to the Claim Construction Standard Apply

Question: When will the changes to the claim construction standard as outlined in “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” apply? Answer: As shown in the supplement … The changes to the claim construction standard will apply to proceedings where a petition is filed […]

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Learning Is the Only Skill That Matters

Learning is unavoidable, we are learning all the time, every day of our lives, both consciously and subconsciously. It is an essential and crucial life skill that is necessary for anyone who wants to continuously progress in life. Learning is considered by many the only skill that truly matters since lifelong learning is a vital […]

MPEP Q & A 182: Characteristics of Ex Parte Reexamination

Question: List one of the basic characteristics of ex parte reexamination. Answer: The basic characteristics of ex parte reexamination are as follows: Anyone can request reexamination at any time during the period of enforceability of the patent; In ex parte reexaminations, prior art considered during reexamination is limited to prior art patents or printed publications […]

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How to Get Back into Studying for the Patent Bar Exam After a Long Break

Passing the patent bar is a dream for many. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and commitment to prepare for this exam. It requires your blood, sweat and tears as well as often burning the midnight oil. The entire process can be daunting and distressing to the extent that some people actually give […]

MPEP Q & A 181: Summary of Claim Construction Standard

Question: What is the executive summary of the final rule when dealing with the claim construction standard that took effect on November 13, 2018? Answer: This final rule revises the rules for IPR, PGR, and CBM proceedings that implemented provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (‘‘AIA’’) providing for trials before the Office, by replacing […]

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Women in Science and Engineering

As in the wise words of Brigham Young “You educate a woman; you educate a generation,” it is clearly evident that women play an important part in the nurturing and development of a civilization and a nation. In order for a country to succeed, it very crucial for the women of that country to be […]