MPEP Q & A 143: Who Decides Petitions for Derivation and Conducts Any Ensuing Derivation Proceeding?

Question: Who decides petitions for derivation and conducts any ensuing derivation proceeding? Answer: The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will decide petitions for derivation and conduct any ensuing derivation proceeding. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in the following supplement: Derivation Proceeding Final Rules. This is a special supplement that at the […]

How to Apply to Law School as an Engineer or Scientist

Law schools welcome those with engineering and science majors. A scientific or technical background is helpful for lawyers specializing in patent law. If you’re planning on applying for law school after gaining your science or engineering degree, make sure you enroll in courses that train students to think analytically and require lots of writing. Choosing […]

MPEP Q & A 142: Examples of Evidence Under 37 C.F.R. 1.131(a)

Question: List 2 examples of evidence under 37 C.F.R. 1.131(a). Answer: The allegations of fact might be supported by submitting as evidence one or more of the following: (A) attached sketches; (B) attached blueprints; (C) attached photographs; (D) attached reproductions of notebook entries; (E) an accompanying model; (F) attached supporting statements by witnesses, where verbal […]

Creating a Better Patent Bar Review for You

We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on the Patent Training course videos that were uploaded last week. Altogether, 45 videos were uploaded which totals right around 6 hours. This means about half of the new Patent Training Workshop is ready to go for you. It’s been a lot of work to put this together […]

MPEP Q & A 141: Issues That Must be Completed During the Examination Before an Interference May be Called

Question: What are the three major issues that must be completed during the examination before an interference may be called? Answer: The three major issues that must be completed during the examination are: All pending claims must be allowed, finally rejected, or canceled All petitions must be decided All appeals from a final rejection must […]

MPEP Q & A 140: Status Identifiers Expected to Follow the Claim Number in an Amendment to the Claims

Question: List two status identifiers that are expected to follow the claim number in an amendment to the claims. Answer: Status is indicated in a parenthetical expression following the claim number by one of the following status identifiers: (original), (currently amended), (previously presented), (canceled), (withdrawn), (new), or (not entered). The status identifier (withdrawn – currently […]