MPEP Q & A 218: What is the issue of correlation about as related to matters of invitro/in vivo?

Question: What is the issue of correlation as related to matters of invitro/in vivo? Answer: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 2100 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Patentability. The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 08.2017. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or […]

MPEP Q & A 217: What are the Section 42.23 paragraph (b) Amendments?

Question: What was Section 42.23 paragraph (b) amended to in the supplement entitled: Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board? Answer: Section 42.23 is amended by revising paragraph (b) to read as follows: 42.23 Oppositions and replies. * * * * * (b) All arguments for the […]

MPEP Q & A 216: Time for Establishing ISR and WO of the International Search Authority

Question: What is the time limit for establishing the International Search Report and the Written Opinion of the International Searching Authority? Answer: Publication of the international application occurs at 18 months from the earliest priority date or, where there is no priority date, 18 months from the international filing date. The international search report is […]

Getting Motivated: The Best Way to Study for the Patent Bar Exam

The patent bar exam is the biggest step in your journey to becoming a patent attorney or patent agent. In many cases, it will also be the last step you need to take to begin your career. Before taking the patent bar examination, you want to be prepared and brimming to the top with all […]

MPEP Search Strategy for the Patent Bar Exam

You probably already realize you may use the MPEP during the Patent Bar exam. For many, that gives off the impression that the test is an open book exam you don’t really need to study for.  But an attitude like that will definitely result in failure. The fact is, although you can use the MPEP, […]

How to Study for the Patent Bar Exam

The Patent Bar is a difficult test to prepare for no matter how you’re going about it. Whether you’re studying the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) on your own, reviewing a home study course, or taking a live class, the sheer volume of legalese can be difficult for even the most dedicated individual. In this […]

Crush Your Patent Practitioner Interview

When it comes to landing the perfect job, there are a few rules that hold true for any industry. Naturally, the more specialized your focus, the more work you’ll need to put into your interview prep. If you’re aiming for a position as a patent agent or patent attorney, your prospective company will expect you […]

Patent Bar Exam Study Planners

Pass the Patent Bar on Your Terms The PES-System was created to help you pass the Patent Bar Exam in a much shorter  amount of time and with less frustration than if you attempt it on your  own. Save your time and  concentrate your efforts on more important things like finding a job. Having a clear […]

13 Simple Memorization Tips That’ll Help You Pass the Patent Bar Exam

Let’s face it: there’s a lot of material you’re going to have to memorize in order to pass the Patent Bar exam. Even if you cut out the extraneous material and focus on what’s most likely to be tested, you’ll soon find out there are countless dates and facts you’ve got to know cold. In […]

MPEP Q & A 215: When Did Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before PTAB Take Effect?

Question: When did the PDF titled ‘Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’ take effect? Answer: This rule is effective May 2, 2016, and applies to all AIA petitions filed on or after the effective date and to any ongoing AIA preliminary proceeding or trial before the […]