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Source Materials for the Registration Examination

11 September 2012 No Comment

The source materials for the questions and answers on the current registration examination are:

1. Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), Edition 8, Revision 8 (available at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/mpep.htm);

2. Examination Guidelines Update: Developments in the Obviousness Inquiry After KSR v. Teleflex (available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-21646.pdf);

3. New Interim Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Examination Instructions, August 2009 (available at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/dapp/opla/2009-08-25_interim_101_instructions.pdf);

4. Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos, July 2010 (available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-18424.pdf);

5. Interim Guidance for Determining Subject Matter Eligibility for Process Claims in View of Bilski v. Kappos, July 2010 (available at http://www.uspto.gov/patents/law/exam/bilski_guidance_27jul2010.pdf);

6. Supplementary Examination Guidelines for Determining Compliance with 35 U.S.C. § 112 and for Treatment of Related Issues in Patent Applications, February 2011 (available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-2841.pdf);

7. Changes To Implement the Prioritized Examination Track (Track I) of the Enhanced Examination Timing Control Procedures Under the Leahy- Smith America Invents Act (September 23, 2011) (available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-23/pdf/2011-24467.pdf);

8. Revision of Standard for Granting an Inter Partes Reexamination Request (September 23, 2011) (available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-23/pdf/2011-24464.pdf); and

9. Rules of Practice before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals (November 22, 2011) (available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-22/pdf/2011-29446.pdf).

For the updated registration examination beginning on or about October 2, 2012, the source materials for the questions and answers will be the sources identified above and:

10. Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (Public Law 112-29, Sept. 16, 2011) (available at http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/20110916-pub-l112-29.pdf);

11. Preissuance Submissions by Third Parties Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 42150, July 17, 2012) (available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-17/pdf/2012-16710.pdf);

12. Citation of Prior Art in a Patent File Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 46615, August 6, 2012) (available at http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/citation_of_prior_art_fr.pdf);

13. Inventor’s Oath or Declaration Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 48776, August, 14, 2012) (available at http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/fr_inventor_oath.pdf);

14. Supplemental Examination Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 48828, August 14, 2012) (available at http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/fr_supp_exam.pdf); and

15. Inter Partes, Post Grant, and Covered Business Method Review Final Rules (77 Fed. Reg. 48680, August 14, 2012) (available at http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/fr_specific_trial.pdf).