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A Collection Of Useful USPTO Resources From USPTO.gov

February 4, 2011

The following is a collection of useful pages from the USPTO’s website at WWW.USPTO.GOV.  I have found that some of these pages are difficult to locate when navigating the site so I thought I would assemble a convenient list.  Most of these links are also available in the sidebar under “USPTO Resources”. The USPTO’s Sample […]

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A Few Recent USPTO Developments

January 20, 2011

A New Way to Comment on the MPEP The USPTO has begun offering an alternate method for commenting on selected chapters of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP). This new approach is modeled after social media. To participate in an online discussion and contribute ideas, look for the “Discuss the Section” links in the […]

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How To File Color Drawings Electronically Via EFS-Web

January 19, 2011

Generally, when drawings for utility patent applications are required, they must be black and white line drawings.  Color drawings are permitted when they are the only practical medium to disclose a claimed invention and even then an applicant must petition the USPTO to accept them.  This petition, along with the color drawings, is typically filed […]

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The USPTO Updates Its Post-KSR Examination Guidelines

September 2, 2010

The USPTO has updated its examination guidelines concerning obviousness under 35 U.S.C. §103, in light of precedential decisions from the Federal Circuit issued since the United States Supreme Court decision in KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex Inc.  The Updated Examination Guidelines were published in the Federal Register yesterday and include additional didactic examples concerning obviousness.  […]

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Change in USPTO Procedure – Examiner Interviews Without A Power Of Attorney Now Permitted In Some Circumstances

August 13, 2010

The USPTO recently issued a notice modifying the procedure for registered practitioners to show authorization to conduct an examiner interview.  Now, in addition to the submission of an executed power of attorney, the signing and submission of an Applicant Initiated Interview Request Form (Form PTO-413 A) will be treated as a proper indication of authorization […]

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