Summary of the MPEP

Its actual title is the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures and it is a multi *thousand* page manual that employees of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) use in their job examining patents as patent examiners. The manual is published by the USPTO and is constantly changing based on law and procedure updates. Currently, the manual is on its 9th revision of the 8th edition, which is updated based on the America Invents Act (as of 11/25/2012). The basis for the manual is Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations (“37 C.F.R.”). Title 37 of the C.F.R. is derived from Title 35 of the United States Code (“35 U.S.C.”), which governs all aspects of patent law.

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