Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Eighth Edition, August 2001
Latest Revision August 2012
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Consolidated Laws - the latest published version of the patent laws (Appendix L of the MPEP or Consolidated Patent Laws, whichever is more current). Updating of the Index (page L-99+) is in progress. April 2013
Consolidated Rules - the latest published version of the patent rules (Appendix R of the MPEP or Consolidated Patent Rules, whichever is more current). Updating of Index I (page R-240+) and Index II (page R-307+) is in progress. May 2013
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