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Oct. 2002 afternoon session question 38
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Can someone please explain the logic behind Oct. 2002 afternoon session question 38 option B.  Option B states exactly opposite of what is recited in the MPEP (must rise versus need not rice). But the answer still states that (B) is incorrect. Any help?
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Re: Oct. 2002 afternoon session question 38
« Reply #1 on: Jun 14th, 2007, 12:47pm »
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heres what one of my materials says about it...
 
38. ANSWER: (C) is the most correct answer. As stated in MPEP § 2172.01, “a claim which fails to interrelate essential elements of the invention as defined by applicant(s) in the specification may be rejected under 35 U.S.C. § 112, second paragraph, for failure to point out and distinctly claim the invention. See In re Venezia, 530 F.2d 956, 189 USPQ 149 (CCPA 1976); In re Collier, 397 F.2d 1003, 158 USPQ 266 (CCPA 196Cool.” (A) is incorrect. As stated in MPEP § 2172.01, “A claim which omits matter disclosed to be essential to the invention as described in the specification or in other statements of record may be rejected under 35 U.S.C. § 112, first paragraph, as not enabling. In re Mayhew, 527 F.2d 1229, 188 USPQ 356 (CCPA 1976)”; MPEP § 2164.08(c). (B) is incorrect. As stated in MPEP § 2165, “Failure to disclose the best mode need not rise to the level of active concealment or grossly inequitable conduct in order to support a rejection or invalidate a patent. Where an inventor knows of a specific material that will make possible the successful reproduction of the effects claimed by the patent, but does not disclose it, speaking instead in terms of broad categories, the best mode requirement has not been satisfied. Union Carbide Corp. v. Borg - Warner, 550 F.2d 555, 193 USPQ 1 (6th Cir. 1977).” (D) is incorrect. MPEP § 2165.01, part V indicates that if there is no disclosure of the best mode contemplated by the inventor at the time the application is filed, such a defect cannot be cured by submitting an amendment seeking to put into the specification something required to be there when the patent application was originally filed. In re Hay, 534 F.2d 917, 189 USPQ 790 (CCPA 1976). Any proposed amendment of this type should be treated as new matter. MPEP § 2165.01. (E) is incorrect. As stated in MPEP § 2165.02, “The best mode requirement is a separate and distinct requirement from the enablement requirement of the first paragraph of 35 U.S.C. § 112. In re Newton, 414 F.2d 1400, 163 USPQ 34 (CCPA 1969).
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Re: Oct. 2002 afternoon session question 38
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on Jun 13th, 2007, 11:13pm, A Guest wrote:
Can someone please explain the logic behind Oct. 2002 afternoon session question 38 option B.  Option B states exactly opposite of what is recited in the MPEP (must rise versus need not rice). But the answer still states that (B) is incorrect. Any help?

 
Option B is incorrect because it states the exact opposite of what is stated in the MPEP.  Even an unintentional or negligent (and thus not a result of inequitable conduct) failure to disclose best mode makes the claims invalid.
 
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