Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
Ninth Edition, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised November 2015
The USPTO continues to offer an online discussion tool for commenting on selected chapters of the Manual. To participate in the discussion and to contribute your ideas go to: http://uspto-mpep.ideascale.com.
Consolidated Laws - The patent laws in effect as of November 25, 2015.
Consolidated Rules - The patent rules in effect as of June 27, 2016.
The documents updated in the Ninth Edition, Revision 07.2015 of the MPEP, whether dated November 2015 or October 2015, include changes that became effective in July 2015 or earlier.
- See the user manual or quick reference guide for help with search features (e.g., default operators, proximity searches, and wild cards) and navigation.
November 2015 Publication of Revision 07.2015
The November 2015 publication of Revision 07.2015 substantively revises MPEP §§ 2131.03, 2144.05, 2161, 2161.01, 2163, and 2181, and Appendix II. The PDF copies of MPEP Chapters 600, 700, 800,1200, and FPC have also been re-dated to “November 2015” due to minor form paragraph revisions in these documents.
October 2015 Publication of Revision 07.2015
All of the MPEP chapters were substantively updated for the October 2015 publication of E9R-07.2015 except Chapters 1200, 1400, 1600, 1900, 2000, and 2300. More information about the changes and updates is available from the “Summary of Changes” of the Searchable MPEP or from the “Summary of Changes” link to the HTML and PDF versions provided below.
Zipped version of the MPEP current revision in the PDF format.
Previous Editions and Revisions
Page Revision History: