Examination Guidance and Training Materials

35 U.S.C. 101
Subject matter eligibility
America Invents Act

First Inventor To File (FITF)

non-FITF AIA Regulations
Claim Interpretation
Subject matter eligibility
35 U.S.C. 112

35 USC 112(f) – “Means-plus-function” limitations

The public is invited to submit comments on the training to: TrainingComments112f@uspto.gov

35 USC 112(a)
  • Examining Claims for Compliance with 35 USC 112(a): Overview and Part I - Written Description = Focus on Electrical/Mechanical and Computer/Software-related Claims
  • Examining Claims for Compliance with 35 USC 112(a): Part II - Enablement = Focus on Electrical/Mechanical and Computer/Software-related Claims
    • Computer Based Training (CBT) [Coming Soon]
    • PowerPoint of the CBT [Coming Soon]
  • Please note that the following Written Description Training Materials, Revision 1, March 25, 2008, include examples that now require further analysis for subject matter eligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101 in view of recent changes in the law. A new version will be prepared to reflect changes in the law since 2008, including any required clarifications due to developments in the law relating to 35 U.S.C. 112. The next revision will be posted as soon as it is available.
  • [ARCHIVED] Written Description Guidelines Training Materials (2008) [PDF]
Supplemental, ¶1, ¶2, ¶4, ¶6
Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Rules of Practice

35 U.S.C. 103

Obviousness, KSR

Best Practices in Examination

Awareness Workshop

Interview Practice