MPEP 701 – Statutory
The main laws followed during the examination and subsequent granting of rejection of a patent are set for in 35 U.S.C. § 101, 102 and 103.
MPEP 702 – Requisites of the Application
Initial review of a patent is looking for in-formalities and sufficiency of disclosure (the MPEP 600 requirements).
If the application passes this initial review and is forwarded to the examiner for a first office action, but later an incomplete disclosure is found the following procedure is applied: First a reasonable search is completed or as much searching that can be done given in the errors in the disclosure; Second if there is not enough in the disclosure for even a search the office will inform the applicant that no search was made. There will be a citation of the objects of invention, claims and any pertinent art cited.