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5 Easy Tips to Help Maximize Your Learning

Learning new things is both exciting as well as daunting. You may be learning things all the time, from learning how to solve a calculus equation or learning about historical events. However, most people find themselves lost when learning something new. Read this article to get some handy tips on how to learn new things […]

MPEP Q & A 189: Issuance of NIRC Action in Inter Partes Reexamination Proceeding

Question: Name one instance when issuance of a NIRC action would be proper in an inter partes reexamination proceeding. Answer: The following are the only instances when issuance of a NIRC action would be proper in an inter partes reexamination proceeding: There is no timely response by the patent owner to an Office action requiring […]

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Memory Techniques to Help You Conquer the Patent Bar Exam

Preparing for the patent bar exam can be demanding, time consuming, as well as mentally and physically exhausting. It can get especially frustrating if you find you cannot memorize the content and exam material. Fortunately, there are certain memory tips that help patent bar exam candidates memorize the material better and retain it for much […]

MPEP Q & A 188: What Should Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form Identify?

Question: What should the Applicant Initiated Interview Request form identify? Answer: The 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 […]

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How to Avoid Procrastination on the Patent Bar Exam

Preparing for the patent law bar exam can be demanding, time-consuming, challenging and exhausting. Since this exam can be extremely difficult, people tend to avoid studying for it by procrastinating. Although it might not sound like a very serious problem at first, procrastination often leads prospective patent practitioners to fail the exam. Fortunately, there are […]

MPEP Q & A 187: Two Final Rules Dealing with Claim Construction Standard

Question: What are the two final rules dealing with the claim construction standard as implemented in the supplement entitled “Changes to the Claim Construction Standard for Interpreting Claims in Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board”? Answer: In the first final rule, the Office changed the existing rules to, among other things: Increase […]

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Productivity Hacks to Help You Ace the Patent Bar Exam Quickly

Preparing for the patent bar exam can be laborious, taxing, and exhausting. Most of the candidates aiming to sit for this exam fall prey to procrastination and end up not doing very well on their exam. This article features some effective and helpful productivity tips to help you ace the patent bar exam. Turn Off […]

MPEP Q & A 186: Name Types of Patents that May Not Use 37 C.F.R. 1.114

Question: Name two types of patents that may not use the provisions of 37 C.F.R. 1.114. Answer: The provisions of 37 C.F.R. 1.114 do not apply to the following types of patents: design patent applications provisional applications applications filed before June 8, 1995 international applications filed before June 8, 1995 an international design application reexamination […]

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Speed-Reading: Hoax or Real?

Be it a student or a working adult, we read one thing or another everyday both consciously as well as subconsciously. Certain professionals have to read as a part of their jobs such as authors, proofreaders, publishers, and patent attorneys, etc. For regular readers, reading is not a difficult task, whereas others might struggle with […]

MPEP Q & A 185: What Must an Application Filed Under 37 CFR 1.53(d) be Filed Before the Earliest Of?

Question: What must an application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d) be filed before the earliest of? Answer: An application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d) must be filed before the earliest of: (A) payment of the issue fee on the prior application, unless a petition is granted in the prior application; (B) abandonment of the prior […]