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MPEP Rules are NOT Up-to-Date! BEWARE!

By: Sandra Jackson Just recently, I was asked to research a patent question.  This required me to look for the answer in the patent Bible, otherwise known as the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP).  To solve the issue that I was asked to research, I prepared the necessary documents as outlined in the MPEP, […]

Getting A Refund From The Patent Office If You Are Now A Small Entity

By: Mark R. Malek This concludes the series of articles that I have been writing on entity status in the United States Patent Office.  The first article introduced the new micro-entity status.  The next article gave some background information on what would happen if you claimed the wrong entity status before the USPTO, and the latest […]

Amending A Patent Application After Allowance

By: Mark R. Malek As has often been the case with some of my articles in the past, I like to introduce little practice tips as something interesting happens in my day to day life of prosecuting patent applications here at Widerman & Malek.  I recently received a call from an Examiner on a case […]

Design Patents: Protecting Animated Icons

Design patent protection is a potentially powerful tool that inventors such as graphics designers and software developers may be able to apply to animated computer icons, including images that change in appearance during viewing. Design patent applications may be written to claim not only the static design of an article of manufacture, but also the design […]

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