The Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) is published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for use by patent attorneys and agents and patent examiners. It describes all of the laws and regulations that must be followed in the examination of U.S. patent applications, and articulates their application to an enormous variety of different situations. The MPEP is based on Chapter 37 (Intellectual Property Regulations) of the Code of Federal Regulations, which derives its authority from Title 35 (Patents) of the United States Code.
The MPEP is used extensively by patent attorneys and agents to help make sure they follow the proper USPTO regulations. The USPTO registration examination tests knowledge of the MPEP and the underlying laws and regulations.
The MPEP is available in both PDF and HTML versions for no cost at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/index.htm. The current version of the MPEP is the 8th Edition, Revision 8, which was released in July 2010. The MPEP has traditionally been available in paper form, but electronic versions are now used more often, particularly because an applicant only may consult the electronic versions while taking the USPTO registration examination, or the patent bar examination. As of April 12, 2011 the patent bar examination tests the 8th Edition, Revision 8.
The MPEP provides guidance to members of the public on how to present persuasive arguments to a patent examiner as to why a patent should be granted on a given patent application. See in particular Chapter 2100 on patentability.
The MPEP comprises the following chapters:
0100, Secrecy, Access, National Security, and Foreign Filing
0200, Types, Cross-Noting, and Status of Application
0300, Ownership and Assignment
0400, Representative of Inventor or Owner
0500, Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers
0600, Parts, Form, and Content of Application
0700, Examination of Applications
0800, Restriction in Applications Filed Under 35 U.S.C. 111; Double Patenting
0900, Prior Art, Classification, and Search
1000, Matters Decided by Various U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Officials
1100, Statutory Invention Registration (SIR) and Pre-Grant Publication (PG Pub)
1300, Allowance and Issue
1400, Correction of Patents
1500, Design Patents
1600, Plant Patents
1800, Patent Cooperation Treaty
2000, Duty of Disclosure
2200, Citation of Prior Art and Ex Parte Reexamination of Patents
2300, Interference Proceedings
2500, Maintenance Fees
2600, Optional Inter Partes Reexamination
2700, Patent Terms and Extensions
Appendix I, Partial List of Trademarks'
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
Index, Subject Matter Index
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