MPEP Q & A 223: What Size Non-Patent Documents Require Document Size Fees?

Question: Document size fees are only applicable to non-patent documents having greater than what number of pages? Answer: The document size fees are only applicable to non-patent documents having greater than 20 pages. Non-patent documents having 20 pages or less are not subject to the document size fees. Chapter Details: The answer to this question […]

5 Study Tips for Visual Learners

As the name implies, a visual learner refers to those individuals who learn best when the information presented to them is in a visual form. They connect better to visual aids because seeing them provides a holistic view of the information, and usually struggle with remembering instructions if communicated verbally. If you’re struggling with your […]

MPEP Q & A 222: What are the Three Conditions That Must be Satisfied …?

Question: AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(c) provides three conditions that must be satisfied in order for subject matter disclosed which might otherwise qualify as prior art, and a claimed invention, to be treated as having been owned by the same person or subject to an obligation of assignment to the same person in applying common ownership […]

What is Intellectual Property?

Many consider Isaac Newton the father of calculus, however, what they don’t know is that this topic was heavily contested by Gottfried Leibniz, who had published papers on the topic around the same time. Each claimed that the other had stolen his work, but no conclusion came of it as Leibniz died in 1716. This […]

MPEP Q & A 221: What are the Three Types of Patent Documents Available as Prior Art …?

Question: AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(a)(2) sets forth three types of patent documents that are available as prior art as of the date they were effectively filed with respect to the subject matter relied upon in the document if they name another inventor. What are they? Answer: AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(a)(2) sets forth three types of […]

MPEP Q & A 220: What are the Section 42.208 paragraph (c) Amendments?

Question: What was Section 42.208 paragraph (c) amended to in the supplement entitled: Amendments to the Rules of Practice for Trials Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board? Answer: Section 42.208 is amended by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows: * * * * * (c) Sufficient grounds. Post-grant review shall not be instituted […]

MPEP Q & A 219: When may the OPAP object to and require corrected drawings within a set time period?

Question: When may the OPAP object to and require corrected drawings within a set time period? Answer: The OPAP may object to and require corrected drawings within a set time period, if the drawings: have a line quality that is too light to be reproduced (weight of all lines and letters must be heavy enough […]

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 […]