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What is the Manual of Patent Examining Procedures (MPEP)?

The MPEP is the manual for patent agents and patent examiners published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It’s a long, long document (Over 3000 pages) that describes the laws and regulations that must be followed in the examination of U.S. patent applications. It also outlines in detail the appropriate actions to take, and responses to give, to an enormous variety of different situations. Link to the MPEP here:

Updated on August 16, 2016

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