MPEP Q & A 156: What is the Definition of Fundamental Economic Practices?

Question: What is the definition of fundamental economic practices? Answer: The courts have used the phrases “fundamental economic practices” or “fundamental economic concepts” to describe concepts relating to the economy and commerce, such as agreements between people in the form of contracts, legal obligations, and business relations. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can […]

How to Get Back Up When You Have Setbacks

“Even the accomplished suffers setbacks sometimes. The more bitter the lessons, the greater the successes will be.” -Lucio Tan You are going to fail at some point in your patent law career. You are going to fail at some point in your life. It stings when reality doesn’t align with your expectations. Sometimes you fail […]

MPEP Q & A 155: Statutes That Grounds for Post-Grant Review May be Raised For

Question: List two statutes that grounds for post-grant review may be raised for. Answer: Grounds for post-grant review include grounds that could be raised under 35 U.S.C. 102 or 103 including those based on prior art consisting of patents or printed publications. Other grounds available for post-grant review include 35 U.S.C. 101 and 112, with […]

Personal Accountability & Preparing for the Patent Bar Exam

Preparing for the patent bar exam is more than a little overwhelming. There are a lot of complex details to learn. But if you’re open to taking responsibility for the results and hold yourself accountable, you’re already on your way to being successful. With the patent bar exam and in life, one thing that predicts […]

MPEP Q & A 154: What Does the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation (BRI) Do?

Question: What does the broadest reasonable interpretation (BRI) do? Answer: The BRI sets the boundaries of the coverage sought by the claim and will influence whether the claim seeks to cover subject matter that is beyond the four statutory categories or encompasses subject matter that falls within the exceptions. Chapter Details: The answer to this […]

Insights on How Long Successful Clients Take to Prepare for the Patent Bar Exam

Ever wonder just how long it takes to prepare for and pass the patent bar exam? We decided to review success stories and additional comments sent in by clients who recently passed the exam to find out what the average length of study time is. Here are the details of the study … The comments […]

MPEP Q & A 153: When Will a Practitioner be Responsible for Another Practitioner’s Violation of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct?

Question: When will a practitioner be responsible for another practitioner’s violation of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct? Answer: A practitioner shall be responsible for another practitioner’s violation of the USPTO Rules of Professional Conduct if: The practitioner orders or, with knowledge of the specific conduct, ratifies the conduct involved; or The practitioner is a […]

What You Focus on Becomes Your Reality

Think positive! How many times have you heard that phrase in your life? In preparing for your career as a patent agent or attorney, you’re likely going to hear this a lot. The patent bar exam is intimidating and finding a job can be a long, frustrating process. As it turns out, there is merit […]

MPEP Q & A 152: Information an Attorney of Record May Have to Submit in Reply to an Office Action, Reissue Application, or Reexamination Proceeding

Question: An attorney of record may have to submit information in reply to an Office action, a reissue application, or a reexamination proceeding. List 2 different types of information this may include. Answer: An attorney of record may have to submit information in reply to an Office action, a reissue application, or a reexamination proceeding; […]

Enhancing Communication as a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney

Whether you’re trying to improve the work environment at a law firm or patent office, network with other professionals or work as effectively as possible with clients, a good attorney-client relationship in terms of communication is essential. It can help avoid conflict, clarify misunderstandings, and make sure you get your clients exactly what they need. […]