Ted D. Karr, IP Attorney & Partner at Berkeley Law & Technology Group LLP

Ted is an IP attorney and partner at Berkeley Law & Technology Group LLP, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. He has worked in the field of intellectual property law since 2001. The following is his Q & A interview. How did you get into a career in IP law? My first job out of law school […]

MPEP Q & A 211: When May an Abandoned Application be Used as Prior Art?

Question: When may an abandoned application be used as prior art? Answer: An abandoned patent application may become evidence of prior art only when it has been appropriately disclosed, as, for example, when the abandoned patent [application] is reference[d] in the disclosure of another patent, in a publication, or by voluntary disclosure under former Defensive […]

Covid-19 and the Patent Bar

Covid-19 has caused enormous stress and trauma to our society and unfortunately, the strain doesn’t seem like it will end in 2020. I very much hoping that things will start to look up in 2021, but depending on when in 2021, it could still be a while. So I’d like to talk briefly about the […]

MPEP Q & A 210: What is the Executive Summary of the Supplement ‘Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board?

Question: What is the executive summary of the PDF titled ‘Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’? Answer: This final rule amends the existing consolidated set of rules relating to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office or USPTO) trial practice for IPR, PGR, CBM, and […]

Patent Bar Updates on Source Materials Starting October 13, 2020

  The USPTO changed the source materials of the Patent Bar exam starting October 13th, 2020. Our course includes the newest updates. Fortunately, the Patent Bar exam is still tested over the same version of the MPEP which is the Ninth Edition, Revision 08.2017 (January 2018 publication). This has been the tested version of the […]

MPEP Q & A 209: Submission of an Oath or Declaration From a Prior Application

Question: Does a copy of an oath or declaration from a prior application need to be submitted with a continuation or divisional application, or with a continuation-in-part application filed on or after September 16, 2012 even if the oath or declaration identifies the application number of the prior application? Answer: Yes, a copy of an […]

MPEP Q & A 208: Filing a Petition to Make an Application Special Without a Fee

Question: Is it possible to file a petition to make an application special without a fee? Answer: A petition to make an application special may be filed without a fee if the basis for the petition is: (1) The applicant’s age or health; or (2) That the invention will materially: (i) Enhance the quality of […]

MPEP Q & A 207: When Can a Practitioner Enter a Business Transaction with a Client

Question: When can a practitioner enter into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquire an ownership, possessory, security or other pecuniary interest adverse to a client? Answer: A practitioner shall not enter into a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquire an ownership, possessory, security or other pecuniary interest adverse to a […]

Should Your Resume Include an Objective Statement?

The basic resume formula hasn’t changed much over the years: it includes your work experience, your education, and your most relevant skills and accomplishments. But the objective statement, which has sat at the top of resumes for decades, might have finally gone out of style. Objective Statements Are Out Objective statements waste recruiters’ time. Most […]

MPEP Q & A 206: Requirements for an Applicant to Rescind Nonpublication Requests

Question: What are the requirements for an applicant to rescind a nonpublication request? Answer: The applicant may rescind a nonpublication request at any time. A request to rescind a nonpublication request must: Identify the application to which it is directed; State in a conspicuous manner that the request that the application is not to be […]