Saturday, October 31, 2015

USPTO - Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), 9th Edition, Revision 07.2015 - Published on October 29, 2015

Today, the USPTO announced it has published new revisions to the MPEP:

"On October 29, 2015, the USPTO issued the Ninth Edition, Revision 07.2015, of the MPEP, which incorporates changes to the laws, rules, and practice necessitated by, or made as a result of, the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLTIA), Public Law 112-211, 126 Stat. 1527 (Dec. 18, 2012) as well as other revisions. The Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs as set forth in Title I of the PLTIA is effective as of May 13, 2015; the Patent Law Treaty Implementation as set forth in Title II of the PLTIA is effective as of December 18, 2013. For a listing of all the revised sections, see the “Change Summary” document that is posted as part of the MPEP."

Here is a link to the latest version of the MPEP.

This revision covering the Hague Agreement should help those seeking international design patents.

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