Creating the Ultimate Study Spot

Studying plays a key role in the quality of your education and you want to create an environment that encourages the learning processes. According to CBS News, the way you learn when multi-tasking or sitting in a distracting environment differs from your ability to learn in a quiet space without distractions. Turning on a radio, the television […]

MPEP Q & A 111: What Must Each Information Disclosure Statement Include a Legible Copy Of?

Question: In addition to the list of all patents, publications, U.S. applications, or other information submitted for consideration by the Office, what else must each information disclosure statement include a legible copy of? Answer: In addition to the list of information, each information disclosure statement must also include a legible copy of: (A) Each foreign […]

MPEP Q & A 110: What a Petition Filed On or After September 16, 2012 Must be Accompanied By to Correct Inventorship in a Patent

Question: What must a petition filed on or after September 16, 2012 be accompanied by to correct the inventorship in a patent? Answer: A petition filed on or after September 16, 2012 to correct the inventorship in a patent must be accompanied by all of the following: (1) A statement from each person who is […]

MPEP Q & A 109: How Inter Partes Reexamination Differs From Ex Parte Reexamination

Question: List one way inter partes reexamination differs from ex parte reexamination. Answer: Inter partes reexamination differs from ex parte reexamination in matters of procedure, such as when the third party requester can participate, the types of Office actions and the timing of issuance of the Office actions, and the requirement for identification of the […]

MPEP Q & A 108: Computer Functions Recognized to be Well‐Understood, Routine, and Conventional Functions When They are Claimed in a Merely Generic Manner

Question: List two computer functions recognized to be well‐understood, routine, and conventional functions when they are claimed in a merely generic manner. Answer: The courts have recognized the following computer functions to be well‐understood, routine, and conventional functions when they are claimed in a merely generic manner: Performing repetitive calculations, Receiving, processing, and storing data, […]

MPEP Q & A 107: Times When Explicit Petitions for Foreign Filing Licenses May Be Considered by Applicants

Question: Name two times when an applicant may want to consider an explicit petition for foreign filing licenses. Answer: Explicit petitions for foreign filing licenses may be considered by applicants when: the filing receipt license is not granted; the filing receipt has not yet been issued; there is no corresponding U.S. application; subject matter additional […]

MPEP Q & A 106: Indicia That a Continuing Reissue Application is Being Filed

Question: Name two indicia that a continuing reissue application is being filed. Answer: Indicia that a continuing reissue application is being filed are: A reissue oath/declaration, which is not merely a copy of the parent’s reissue oath/declaration. A specification and/or claims in proper double column reissue format. Amendments in proper format. A statement of assignee […]