MPEP Q & A 151: Situations Where a Practitioner May Withdraw From Representing a Client According to 37 C.F.R. 11.116

Question: List two situations where a practitioner may withdraw from representing a client according to 37 C.F.R. 11.116. Answer: A practitioner may withdraw from representing a client if: Withdrawal can be accomplished without material adverse effect on the interests of the client; The client persists in a course of action involving the practitioner’s services that […]

12 Highly Rated Patent Law Firms on Glassdoor

Glassdoor is a database that contains reviews of patent attorney and patent agent law firms. The resource helps promote the firms to candidates doing research and advertise jobs to ideal candidates that may be unaware of the law firms need for personnel. Here is some information about 12 patent law firms and the ratings they […]

Post-August 16th 2018 Hard Copies Ready to Ship

The Patent Bar exam is being updated in August of 2018. Starting August 16th, 2018, the 9th Edition, 08.2017 MPEP + 4 Exam Notices will be the covered materials. The PES Patent Bar review online course has been updated to reflect this material for the last several months. We have many clients already studying for […]

MPEP Q & A 150: Triggering of On-Sale Bar of Pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(b)

Question: When is the on-sale bar of pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(b) triggered? Answer: The on-sale bar of pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 102(b) is triggered if the invention is both: The subject of a commercial offer for sale not primarily for experimental purposes and Ready for patenting. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found […]

How to Prepare for the First Day of your New Job as a Patent Practitioner

So, you have your bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or PhD., you’ve passed all the required tests as well as the interview, and you are on your way to becoming a patent attorney or patent agent at one of the leading law firms. However, it is your first day. The first day working at a new […]

MPEP Q & A 149: Four Categories of Invention Recited in 35 U.S.C. 101

Question: What are the 4 categories of invention recited in 35 U.S.C. 101? Answer: The four categories of invention recited in 35 U.S.C. 101 are: process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in chapter 700 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Examination of applications. The […]

How to Pick the Right IP Law Program

Intellectual property industries account for more than 38 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. IP plays a crucial role in American life. Intellectual property law protects people’s claims of ownership on works of art, inventions, and ideas. IP attorneys are aware of the demand for their skills. Experts note practicing IP law is an […]

MPEP Q & A 148: The Duty of Disclosure in Reexamination Proceedings

Question: Who does the duty of disclosure in reexamination proceedings apply to? Answer: The duty of disclosure in reexamination proceedings applies to the patent owner; to each attorney or agent who represents the patent owner, and to every other individual who is substantively involved on behalf of the patent owner. Chapter Details: The answer to […]

3 Tips for Working with (and Impressing) Your Patent Law Clients

As any good patent attorney or agent knows, impressing your patent law client is your first priority, above all else. All lawyers must work hard to keep their business but, more importantly, through a good attorney-client relationship, you want to make sure your client is satisfied when they leave your office. It is not enough […]

MPEP Q & A 147: Post-Grant Reviews and Civil Actions

Question: Can a post-grant review be instituted if, before the date on which the petition for such a review is filed, the petitioner or real party-in-interest filed a civil action challenging the validity of a claim of the patent? Answer: No, a post-grant review may not be instituted if, before the date on which the […]