MPEP Q & A 6: Applicant Initiated Interview Request Forms

Question: What should an Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form include? Answer: An Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form should identify the participants of the interview, the proposed date of the interview, whether the interview will be personal, telephonic, or video conference, and should include a brief description of the issues to be discussed. Chapter Details: The […]

MPEP Q & A 5: Situations in Which Drawings are Not Considered Necessary

Question: List a situation in which drawings are usually not considered necessary for the  understanding of the invention. Answer: It has been USPTO practice to treat an application that contains at least one process or method claim as an application for which a drawing is not necessary for an understanding of the invention. Other situations […]

MPEP Q & A 4: Written Authority to Grant Access to a Provisional Application

Question: Name two individuals who through written authority may grant access to a provisional application. Answer: In provisional applications, access will only be given to parties with written authority from the following: a named inventor the assignee of record the attorney or agent of record or, for an application filed on or after September 16, […]

MPEP Q & A 3: Significant Differences Between Nonprovisional and Provisional Applications

Question: List two significant differences between nonprovisional applications and provisional applications. Answer: The following list includes significant differences between nonprovisional applications and provisional applications: No claim is required in a provisional application. No oath or declaration is required in a provisional application. Provisional applications will not be examined for patentability. A provisional application is not […]

MPEP Q & A 2: Correspondence That May Not be Transmitted by Facsimile

Question: Name two types of correspondence that may not be transmitted by facsimile. Answer: Facsimile transmissions are not permitted and, if submitted, will not be accorded a date of receipt in the following situations: A document that is required by statute to be certified A national patent application specification and drawing (provisional or nonprovisional) or […]

MPEP Q & A 1: Major Types of Patent Status

Question: What are the 3 major types of patent status? Answer: The 3 major types of patent status include: pending applications, abandoned applications, and issued patents. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 100 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Secrecy, Access, National Security, and Foreign Filing. The question and […]

2015 Patent Statistics: An In-Depth Look in Charts and Graphs

Patents are big business for individuals, corporations, and even governments. According to USPTO sources, 325,979 patents were granted in 2015. The following article delves into more details on 2015 patent statistics in charts and graphs. Table of Contents: 1. Patent Types 2. Utility Patents 2.1 U.S. vs. Foreign Origination 2.2 Top Patent Producing Countries 2.3 […]

March 16th, 2016 Patent Bar Updates

The online version of the PES Patent Bar Review course was completely updated for the March 16, 2016 changes in February.  The new changes revolve around the switch from the Edition 9 MPEP + exam notices to Edition 9, Revision 07.2015 MPEP + exam notices. We estimate that we spent around 350 hours of time getting […]

Do You Understand the Business of Patents?

(Why Claims Drafting Strategy Requires More Than Just Legal Knowledge) As patent attorneys or patent agents, a part of your job is to generate a prosecution strategy that is favorable to your client. Strategy comes in many different forms; for instance, different types of claims protect different aspects of an invention: method of using, method […]

Update on 07.2015 Patent Bar Review Course

As you may realize by now, the Patent Bar exam will be updated starting March 16th, 2016. The updates include the switch from the 9th Edition MPEP to the 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015 which includes many changes (and a brand new chapter). While March 16th is still over two months away, I’d like to update […]