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Many updates have been included within the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), Ninth Edition, Revision 10.2019, Last Revised June 2020.
The USPTO June 2020 Publication of Revision 10.2019 updates sections of MPEP Chapters 100-1000, 1200-1500, and 1700-2800. The updated sections have a revision indicator of [R-10.2019], meaning these sections have been updated to reflect USPTO patent practice and relevant case law as of October 31, 2019. In addition, the June 2020 publication of Revision 10.2019 updates Chapter FPC - Form Paragraphs Consolidated, the Foreword, the Introduction, the Subject Matter Index, and all appendices except Appendix I and Appendix P.
This LexisNexis product has been further updated to include the most current PTO forms available at the time of publication. In addition, Appendix L with United States Code Title 35 – Patents is now current through Public Law 116-145, approved June 17, 2020.
Appendix R, which offers Title 37 Code of Federal Regulations Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights is now current through Federal Register, Volume 85, Number 122, June 24, 2020 (with the exception of the amendment appearing at 85 FR 37785).
Also note that while the Ninth Edition, Revision 10.2019, instructs the practitioner to access the Trademark Federal Statutes and Rules (TFSR) [Electronic Version] [PDF] for the rules in Part 2 of Title 37 of the CFR, this LexisNexis product has provided the rules in Part 2 of Title 37 of the CFR within this Appendix R. They too are current through June 24, 2020 (with the exception of the amendment appearing at 85 FR 37785).
Finally, this LexisNexis product includes the latest text as in force from July 1, 2020 of the Regulations and Administrative Instructions Under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, found in Appendix and Appendix AI, respectively.
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Table of contents
MANUAL OF PATENT EXAMINING PROCEDURE
MPEP VOLUME 1
Chapter 100 Secrecy, Access, National Security, and Foreign Filing
Chapter 200 Types, Cross-Noting, and Status of Application
Chapter 300 Ownership and Assignment
Chapter 400 Representative of Applicant or Owner
Chapter 500 Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers
Chapter 600 Parts, Form, and Content of Application
Chapter 700 Examination of Applications
Chapter 800 Restriction in Applications Filed Under 35 U.S.C. 111; Double Patenting
Chapter 900 Prior Art, Classification, and Search
Chapter 1000 Matters Decided by Various U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Officials
Chapter 1100 Statutory Invention Registration (SIR); Pre-Grant Publication (PGPub) and Preissuance Submissions
Chapter 1200 Appeal
Chapter 1300 Allowance and Issue
Chapter 1400 Correction of Patents
Chapter 1500 Design Patents
Chapter 1600 Plant Patents
Chapter 1700 Miscellaneous
Chapter 1800 Patent Cooperation Treaty
Chapter 1900 Protest
Chapter 2000 Duty of Disclosure
MPEP VOLUME 2
Chapter 2100 Patentability
Chapter 2200 Citation of Prior Art and Ex Parte Reexamination of Patents
Chapter 2300 Interference Proceedings
Chapter 2400 Biotechnology
Chapter 2500 Maintenance Fees
Chapter 2600 Optional Inter Partes Reexamination
Chapter 2700 Patent Terms and Extensions
Chapter 2800 Supplemental Examination
Chapter 2900 International Design Applications
Appendix I Reserved
Appendix II List of Decisions Cited
Appendix L Patent Laws
Appendix R Patent Rules
Appendix T Patent Cooperation Treaty
Appendix AI Administrative Instructions Under the PCT
Appendix P Paris Convention
Subject Matter Index