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Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)

Ninth Edition, March 2014

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Consolidated Laws - The patent laws in effect as of May 15, 2014.

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Searchable MPEP

The documents updated in the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, dated March 2014, include changes that became effective in November 2013 or earlier. All of the documents have been updated for the Ninth Edition except Chapters 800, 900, 1000, 1300, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2000, 2300, 2400, 2500, and Appendix P. More information about the changes and updates is available from the “Blue Page - Introduction” of the Searchable MPEP or from the “Summary of Changes” link to the HTML and PDF versions provided below.

Title Page      PDF
Foreword      PDF
Introduction      PDF
Table of Contents       PDF
Chapter 300 -     PDF   Ownership and Assignment
Chapter 400 -    PDF    Representative of Applicant or Owner
Chapter 500 -     PDF    Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers
Chapter 700 -     PDF    Examination of Applications
Chapter 900 -     PDF   Prior Art, Classification, and Search
Chapter 1200 -     PDF    Appeal
Chapter 1300 -     PDF   Allowance and Issue
Chapter 1400 -     PDF   Correction of Patents
Chapter 1500 -     PDF   Design Patents
Chapter 1600 -     PDF   Plant Patents
Chapter 1700 -     PDF   Miscellaneous
Chapter 1800 -     PDF    Patent Cooperation Treaty
Chapter 1900 -     PDF   Protest
Chapter 2000 -     PDF   Duty of Disclosure
Chapter 2100 -     PDF   Patentability
Chapter 2300 -     PDF   Interference Proceedings
Chapter 2400 -     PDF   Biotechnology
Chapter 2500 -     PDF   Maintenance Fees
Chapter 2600 -     PDF   Optional Inter Partes Reexamination
Chapter 2700 -     PDF   Patent Terms and Extensions
Chapter 2800 -     PDF   Supplemental Examination
Appendix I -     PDF   Reserved
Appendix II -     PDF   List of Decisions Cited
Appendix L -    PDF   Patent Laws
Appendix R -     PDF   Patent Rules
Appendix T -     PDF   Patent Cooperation Treaty
Appendix P -    PDF   Paris Convention

Availability of MPEP on Paper and in Other Formats

Previous Editions and Revisions

All previous editions and revisions of the Manual are available from the MPEP Archives


First Edition, November 1949 
Second Edition, November 1953 
Third Edition, November 1961 
Fourth Edition, June 1979 
Fifth Edition, August 1983 
Sixth Edition, January 1995 
Seventh Edition, July 1998 
Eighth Edition, August 2001
Ninth Edition, March 2014

 


 

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