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 Q & A 165: When Patent Owner Fails to File Timely Response to Any Office Action Prior to an Action Closing Prosecution (ACP)

Question: List one consequence for when the patent owner fails to file a timely response to any Office action prior to an Action Closing Prosecution (ACP). Answer: If the patent owner fails to file a timely response to any Office action prior to an Action Closing Prosecution (ACP), it will result in the following consequences: […]

What You Need to Know About the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

While this site focuses on the Patent Bar exam, there are many other professional exams that may pertain to you and advance your career. As an example, you may be eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination or FE exam. If you’re not interested in a career in patent law, but want to continue on […]

MPEP Q & A 164: Computer-Implemented Methods and the Tax Strategy Provision

Question: Would a computer-implemented method that is deemed novel and non-obvious be effected by the tax strategy provision even if used for a tax purpose? Answer: A computer-implemented method that is deemed novel and non-obvious would not be affected by this provision even if used for a tax purpose. For example, a novel and non-obvious […]

3 Tips for Finding a Summer Job at a Patent Law Firm

As most first-year law students know, getting your foot in the door at a patent law firm and looking at your first real intellectual property job can feel like a daunting task. When you’re first starting out on a summer associate program, finding a job in any field can be a hard process. You have […]

MPEP Q & A 163: What are the Most Common Basis for Filing a Reissue Application?

Question: What are the most common basis for filing a reissue application? Answer: The most common bases for filing a reissue application are: the claims are too narrow or too broad; the disclosure contains inaccuracies; applicant failed to or incorrectly claimed foreign priority; and applicant failed to make reference to or incorrectly made reference to […]

MPEP Q & A 162: When is a 35 U.S.C. 102 Rejection with Multiple References Proper?

Question: When is a 35 U.S.C. 102 rejection with multiple references proper? Answer: A 35 U.S.C. 102 rejection over multiple references has been held to be proper when the extra references are cited to: Prove the primary reference contains an “enabled disclosure;” Explain the meaning of a term used in the primary reference; or Show […]

How to Use Glassdoor to Find the Best Patent Law Firms to Work For

Whether you’re thinking about taking the patent bar exam or you just passed it and are ready to embark on your new career, it’s not always easy to find the patent law firm that will be the best match for you. One of the top resources out there is Glassdoor which has a wealth of […]

MPEP Q & A 161: Living Subject Matter and Patent Protection

Question: Is it true that living subject matter with markedly different characteristics from any found in nature, such as the claimed bacterium produced by genetic engineering, are excluded from patent protection by 35 U.S.C. 101? Answer: No, it is not true. For example, the Federal Circuit has indicated that “discoveries that possess ‘markedly different characteristics from […]

10 Things You May Not Have Realized Were Invented in the 1980’s

Of course, the wheel and internal-combustion engine had already been invented long ago there were as yet no super modern innovations like cell phones or whichever device is in your hand right now as you read this. But so much of the cutting edge technology we depend on today got its start back in the […]