MPEP 700 Examination of Applications

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701

Statutory Authority for Examination

702

Requisites of the Application

702.01

Obviously Informal Cases

703

General Information Concerning Patents

704

Search and Requirements for Information

704.01

Search

704.10

Requirements for Information

704.11

What Information May Be Required

704.12

Replies to a Requirement for Information

704.13

Time Periods for Reply

704.14

Making a Requirement for Information

705

Patentability Reports

705.01

Instructions re Patentability Reports

706

Rejection of Claims

706.01

Contrasted With Objections

706.02

Rejection on Prior Art

706.03

Rejections Not Based on Prior Art

706.04

Rejection of Previously Allowed Claims

706.05

Rejection After Allowance of Application

706.06

Rejection of Claims Copied From Patent

706.07

Final Rejection

707

Examiner's Letter or Action

707.01

Primary Examiner Indicates Action for New Assistant

707.05

Citation of references

707.06

Citation of Decisions Orders, Memorandomms, and Notices

707.07

Completeness and Clarity of Examiner's Action

707.08

Reviewing and Initialing by Assistant Examiner

707.09

Signing by Primary or Other Authorized Examiner

707.10

Entry

707.11

Date

707.12

Mailing

707.13

Returned Office Action

708

Order of Examination

708.01

List of Special Cases

708.02

Petition To Make Special

708.03

Examiner Tenders Resignation

709

Suspension of Action

709.01

Overlapping Applications by Same Applicant or Owned by Same Assignee

710

Period for Reply

710.01

Statutory Period

710.02

Shortened Statutory Period and Time Limit Actions Computed

710.04

Two Periods Running

710.05

Period Ending on Sat, Sun, or Federal Holiday

710.06

Situations When Reply Period IS Reset or Restarted

711

Abandonment of Patent Application

711.01

Express or Formal Abandonment

711.02

Failure To Take Required Action During Statutory Period

711.03

Reconsideration of Holding of Abandonment Revival

711.04

Public Access to Abandoned Applications

711.05

Letter of Abandonment Received After Application Is Allowed

711.06

Abstracts, Abbreviatures, and Defensive Publications

713

Interviews

713.01

General Policy, How Conducted

713.02

Interviews Prior to First Official Action

713.03

Interview for "Sounding Out Examiner Not Permitted

713.04

Substance of Interview Must Be Made of Record

713.05

Interviews Prohibited or Granted, Special Situations

713.06

No Inter Partes Questions Discussed Ex Parte

713.07

Exposure of Other Cases

713.08

Demonstration, Exhibits, Models

713.09

Finally Rejected Application

713.10

Interview Preceding Filing Amendment Under 37 CFR 1.312

714

Amendments, Applicant's Action

714.01

Signatures to Amendments

714.02

Must Be Fully Responsive

714.03

Amendments Not Fully Responsive, Action To Be Taken

714.04

Claims Presented in Amendment With No Attempt to Point Out Patentable Novelty

714.05

Examiner Should Immediately Inspect

714.07

Amendments Not in Permanent Ink

714.10

Claims Added in Excess of Claims Previously Paid For

714.11

Amendment Filed During Interference Proceedings

714.12

Amendments and Other Replies After Final Rejection or Action

714.13

Amendments and Other Replies After Final Rejection or Action, Procedure Followed

714.14

Amendments After Allowance of All Claims

714.15

Amendments After Allowance of All Claims

714.16

Amendment After Notice of Allowance, 37 CFR

714.17

Amendment Filed After the Period for Reply has expired

714.18

Entry of Amendments

714.19

List of Amendments, Entry Denied

714.20

List of Amendments Entered in Part

714.21

Amendments Inadvertently Entered, No Legal Effect

714.25

Discourtesy of Applicant or Attorney

715

Swearing Back of Reference--Affidavit or Declaration Under 37 CFR 1.131

715.01

37 CFR 1.131 Affidavits Versus 37 CFR 1.132 Affidavits

715.02

How much of the Claimed Invention Must Be Shown, Including the General Rule as to Generic Claims

715.03

Genus-Species, Practice Relative to Cases Where Predictability Is in Question

715.04

Who May Make Affidavit or Declaration; Formal Requirements of Affidavits and Declarations

715.05

US Patent or Application Publication Claiming Same Invention

715.07

Facts and Documentary Evidence

715.08

Passed Upon by Primary Examiner

715.09

Seasonable Presentation

715.10

Review of Affidavit or Declaration for Evidence of Prior Public Use or Sale or Failure to Disclose Best Mode

716

Affidavits or Declarations Traversing Rejections, 37 CFR 1.132

716.01

Generally Applicable Criteria

716.02

Allegations of Unexpected results

716.03

Commericial Success

716.04

Long-felt Need and Failure of Others

716.07

Inoperability of References

716.08

Utility and Operability of Applicants Disclosure

716.09

Sufficiency of Diclousure

716.10

Attribution

718

Affidavit or Declaration to Disqualify Commonly Owned Patent as Prior Art, 37 CFR 1.130

719

File Wrapper

719.01

Papers in File Wrapper

719.02

Data Entered on File Wrapper

719.03

Classification During Examination

719.04

Index of Claims

719.05

Field of Search

719.06

Foreign Filing Dates

719.07

Related Applications

720

Public Use Proceedings

720.01

Preliminary Handling

720.02

Examiner Determination of Prima Facie Showing

720.03

Preliminary Hearing

720.04

Public Use Proceeding Testimony

720.05

Final Decision of Public Proceedings

724

Trade Secret, Proprietary, and Protective Order Materials

724.01

Completeness of the Patent File Wrapper

724.02

Method of Submitting Trade Secret, Proprietary, and/pr Protective Order Materials

724.03

Types of Trade Secret, Proprietary, and/pr Protective Order Materials Submitted Under MPEP Sec. 724.02

724.04

Office Treatment and Handling of Materials Submitted Under MPEP Sec. 724.02

724.05

Petition To Expunge Information or Copy of Papers in Application File

724.06

Handling of Petitions To Expunge Information or Copy of Papers in Application File

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