MPEP Index

Executive summary:

This is the index to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (the "M.P.E.P."), Eighth Edition, Eighth Revision (July 2010). This page was last updated in January 2011. A full text search of the MPEP is available using the search box that appears on the left side of every page of BitLaw--you may restrict your search to the MPEP on the search results page. BitLaw also provides a key word index to the MPEP that can be directly accessed through the following list:


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Manual of Patent Examining Procedure

Introduction Page


100 Secrecy, Access, National Security, and Foreign Filing
200 Types, Cross-Noting, and Status of Application
300 Ownership and Assignment
400 Representative of Inventor or Owner
500 Receipt and Handling of Mail and Papers
600 Parts, Form, and Content of Application
700 Examination of Applications
800 Restriction in Applications Filed Under 35 U.S.C. 111; Double Patenting
900 Prior Art, Classification, and Search
1000 Matters Decided by Various U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Officials
1100 Statutory Invention Registration (SIR) and Pre-Grant Publication (PG Pub)
1200 Appeal
1300 Allowance and Issue
1400 Correction of Patents
1500 Design Patents
1600 Plant Patents
1700 Miscellaneous
1800 Patent Cooperation Treaty
1900 Protest
2000 Duty of Disclosure
2100 Patentability
2200 Citation of Prior Art and Ex Parte Reexamination of Patents
2300 Interference Proceedings
2400 Biotechnology
2500 Maintenance Fees
2600 Optional Inter Partes Reexamination
2700 Patent Terms and Extensions