“700: Kill to License”

Wow. That was the best title I could come up with. I really sat here and thought about it, too. I mean, I put actual effort in. And… that is the result.


Today was part one of our review of chapter 700 in the MPEP, which really has nothing to do with killing for licenses. Rather, it was a rundown of 102 and 103 issues, and we spent a little more time discussing less used 102 and 103 rejections. Chapter 700 is a lot of material to go through (much more than I have indicated here), and even dividing it into two separate sessions really doesn’t give enough time.

Our presenter gave a good effort at getting us through the dense outline in the allotted time, but it was not meant to be. If we got nothing else out of this refresher, it ought to be that: Foreign priority can only be used to overcome 102a and 102e references, not 102b! Foreign priority does not change the effective filing date! This was repeated several times.

In case anyone hasn’t seen this clever video on PatentlyO, Bar Date:

6 thoughts on ““700: Kill to License””

  1. Know 700. And 2100. If you learn nothing else, learn those. I don’t know how many times someone came to me with a question and they could have found the answer there…if you know those sections you’ll be ahead of the game.

    The certification exam will also be heavily focused on those, at least it was back when I did it.

    Do that, and learn your art, and you’ll end up alright.

  2. CRUsader, I don’t know when you took the exam, but I took it two weeks ago. I’m in full agreement, you still need to know 700 & 2100. The flowcharts in 804 are great, and 1800 is pretty important too. Regardless, I’m sure Relativity gets plenty of good advice about the exam from his co-workers.

  3. I do appreciate the advice, especially in terms of how I can use this training to improve my work as an examiner.

  4. “License to Kill” where chapter 700 of MPEP is concerned “Examination of Applications”

    Or did the title have more to do with your intolerance toward diversity? At a glance, what is really going to come across in that post of yours? The title License to Kill and a YouTube video about a woman singing in a most clever manner about her affections for another woman.


  5. Are you really being serious? The title had to do with 007: License to Kill. This was chapter 700, so I made it “Kill to License.” It was a joke, albeit a bad one.

    I thought the video was clever and funny, and thought I would post it in case anyone hadn’t seen it from PatentlyO. If you are being serious, please stop looking for ways to be offended. I wouldn’t have posted the video if I didn’t like it.

  6. Relativity,
    RE: Jr. E!
    Illegitimus Non Carborundum.
    I, too, thought the clip was clever and funny. And, I particularly like your comment about “looking for ways to be offended”. We all know people like that and they’re high maintenance.
    Hang in there!
    P.S. Love you insightfull posts. Keep up the good work.

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