MPEP Q & A 235: What is a mathematical relationship?

Question: What is a mathematical relationship? Answer: A mathematical relationship is a relationship between variables or numbers. A mathematical relationship may be expressed in words or using mathematical symbols. For example, pressure (p) can be described as the ratio between the magnitude of the normal force (F) and area of the surface on contact (A), […]

Differences Between MPEP 08.2017 and MPEP 10.2019

You’ve likely already seen that the patent bar exam underwent an update after October 13, 2021 and you may be wondering what the differences are now that the exam is updated. The main change is that the tested version of the MPEP will now be the MPEP, Ninth Edition, Revision 10.2019. All the supplements are […]

MPEP Q & A 234: How can patent applications be sent to the USPTO?

Question: How can patent applications be sent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office? Answer: All applications (provisional and nonprovisional) may be sent to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by mail using the United States Postal Service, or they may be hand-carried to the Customer Service Window in Alexandria, Virginia. Chapter Details: The answer […]

MPEP Q & A 233: List application filing dates for determining whether patent is subject to maintenance fees

Question: What are the application filing dates for purposes of determining whether a patent is subject to payment of maintenance fees? Answer: Application filing dates for purposes of determining whether a patent is subject to payment of maintenance fees are as follows: (A) For an application not claiming benefit of an earlier application, the actual […]

Patent Bar Updates on Source Materials Starting October 13th, 2021

The USPTO is changing the source materials the patent bar exam is covering starting October 13, 2021. Our course includes the newest updates. The patent bar exam will start covering the MPEP, Ninth Edition, Revision 10.2019, Last Revised June 2020. In addition to incorporating questions from the latest revision of the MPEP, the exam also […]

MPEP Q & A 232: Can social media websites be a source of prior art?

Question: Can social media websites like Facebook be a source of prior art? Answer: Social media websites on the Internet, such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and public forum posts, can be a source of prior art, provided the public accessibility requirements are met. Not all information on social media is considered publicly accessible. Public accessibility […]

MPEP Q & A 231: Types of papers that may be filed and processed electronically

Question: What are the types of papers that may be filed and processed electronically? Answer: Registered users may use EFS-Web to submit web-based documents such as ePetitions, Requests for Withdrawal as Attorney or Agent of Record, and eTerminal Disclaimers. EFS-Web permits registered users to file the following auto-processed ePetitions, requests, and eTerminal Disclaimers: Request for […]

MPEP Q & A 230: What is an ‘improper Markush grouping’?

Question: When does a Markush claim contain an ‘improper Markush grouping’? Answer: A Markush claim contains an “improper Markush grouping” if either: (1) the members of the Markush group do not share a “single structural similarity” or (2) the members do not share a common use. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be […]

MPEP Q & A 229: When are the claims of a new application finally rejected in the first Office action?

Question: When may the claims of a new application be finally rejected in the first Office action? Answer: The claims of a new application may be finally rejected in the first Office action in those situations where: (A) the new application is a continuing application of, or a substitute for, an earlier application, and (B) […]

MPEP Q & A 228: Who is listed on the assignee section of a patent?

Question: Who will be listed in the assignee section of a patent? Answer: The real party in interest will be listed in the assignee section of the patent. This does not change the applicant designated in the application or for any patent that is granted. Any desired change to the designated applicant must be made […]