Patent Agent and Patent Attorney Salary Guide

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a patent attorney and a patent agent? And how much you can make in this lucrative field under each title? With the rise in technology, patent attorneys and agents are in demand. It takes different steps to become a patent attorney versus becoming a patent agent so […]

MPEP Q & A 168: Competent Representation to a Client

Question: A practitioner shall provide competent representation to a client. What does competent representation to a client entail? Answer: Competent representation requires the legal, scientific, and technical knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation. Chapter Details: The answer to this question can be found in the following supplement: Changes to Representation of […]

10 Things You May Not Have Realized Were Invented in the 1990’s

So much technology invented in the 1990’s was critical to the advancement of technological innovation that got us to where we are today. Smartphones, the digital camera, targeted Internet searches and the World Wide Web itself, emojis, even SnapChat and Instagram are all built on the ideas that came about in the 1990’s. Read on […]

MPEP Q & A 167: When Must Applicants Timely File a Notice of Foreign Filing to Avoid Abandonment of a U.S. Application?

Question: Name one circumstance where applicants must timely file a notice of foreign filing to avoid abandonment of a U.S. application. Answer: Applicants must timely file a notice of foreign filing to avoid abandonment of a U.S. application if: applicant filed a nonpublication request in the U.S. application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a); applicant subsequently […]

How to Become a Patent Paralegal

A patent paralegal, also often referred to as an intellectual property paralegal, is a career path you can choose to take if you’re interested in patent law, trademarks, copyrighting, and trade secrets. Patent paralegals can’t legally perform law but they are a strong asset for patent lawyers and their clients. They’re beneficial in many of […]

MPEP Q & A 166: Further Written Opinion Established by the International Preliminary Examining Authority

Question: Name one item any further written opinion established by the International Preliminary Examining Authority should set forth. Answer: Any further written opinion established by the International Preliminary Examining Authority should set forth, as applicable: (A) Any defects in the international application concerning subject matter which is not required to be examined or which is […]

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 […]