MPEP Q & A 200: When Drawings Are Not Considered Necessary Under 35 USC 113

Question: When is a drawing usually not considered necessary for the understanding of an invention under 35 USC 113 (first sentence)? 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 […]

MPEP Q & A 199: The Difference Between Applicant Information, Correspondence Information, and Application Information

Question: What is the difference between applicant information, correspondence information, and application information? Answer: Applicant information includes the name, residence, mailing address, and citizenship of each applicant ( when dealing with pre-AIA 37 CFR 1.41(b)). The name of each applicant must include the family name, and at least one given name without abbreviation together with […]

MPEP Q & A 198: Items Necessary to Accord the International Filing Date the Date of Receipt of the International Application

Question: What does the Office need at the time of receipt in order to accord the international filing date the date of receipt of the international application? Answer: The receiving Office shall accord as the international filing date the date of receipt of the international application, provided that the Office has found that, at the […]

10 Things You May Not Have Realized were Invented Between 2015 – 2020

The last half-decade has been a remarkable time for innovation and inventions. Consider the following breakthroughs that hit the scene from 2015 to 2020. These notable inventions are helping people improve their lives. The Levitating Lightbulb If you want a lightbulb that levitates, you can now get one thanks to Gleagle. The company has released […]

MPEP Q & A 197: What Must a Petition for an Unintentionally Delayed Claim be Filed With?

Question: What must a petition for an unintentionally delayed claim be filed with? Answer: A petition for an unintentionally delayed claim must be accompanied by: (A) the reference required by 35 U.S.C. 120 and 37 CFR 1.78 to the prior application (unless previously submitted); (B) a petition fee under 37 CFR 1.17(m); and (C) a […]

Customizing Your Cover Letter Takes Time But Increases Your Chances of Standing Out

Tailoring your cover letter for each job you apply to adds a bit of time to the application process, but yields excellent results. Customization means personalizing the message to the recipient, which makes you stand out from your competitors. Appeal to the Person Responsible for Hiring You should customize your cover letter with the hiring […]

MPEP Q & A 196: Submission of Petition to Withdraw Application from Issue Under 37 CFR 1.313(c)

Question: How can petitions to withdraw an application from issue under 37 CFR 1.313(c) be sent to the USPTO? Answer: Petitions to withdraw an application from issue under 37 CFR 1.313(c) may be: (A) mailed to “Mail Stop Petition, Commissioner for Patents”; (B) transmitted by facsimile; (C) hand-carried to the Office of Petitions; or (D) […]

10 Things You May Not Have Realized Were Invented Between 2010 – 2015

The years 2010 through 2015 were productive in terms of new inventions. Many of the breakthroughs are still around today, creating dramatic changes in the world. Consider the ten following inventions. Amazon Kindle Fire Amazon entered the tablet market with its Kindle Fire in 2013. The device serves up optimized content from Amazon’s vast library, […]

MPEP Q & A 195: Necessary Items for a Petition for Retroactive License

Question: What should a petition for retroactive license include? Answer: A petition for retroactive license shall include: (1) A listing of each of the foreign countries in which the unlicensed patent application material was filed, (2) The dates on which the material was filed in each country, (3) A verified statement (oath or declaration) containing: […]

MPEP Q & A 194: Stop the Publication of an Application

Question: Can a petition under 37 CFR 1.138(c) stop publication of an application? Answer: A petition under 37 CFR 1.138(c) will not stop publication of the application unless it is recognized and acted on by the Pre-Grant Publication Division in sufficient time to avoid publication. The petition will be granted when it is recognized in […]