By its choice of the word "modernized", the question "should the format for showing text changes be 'modernized'?" shows the view of its author, yet fails to propose what that author believes to be a "modern" approach. Perhaps the strikethrough and underline approach used for delineating claim amendments? If so, I would vote yes, if only for the sake of consistency and near universal comprehension among practitioners ...more »
Should the format for showing text changes be modernized?
It would be helpful to expand the scope of the MPEP to include sub-sections within each topic specifically targeted at practitioners. This would certainly be in the public interest since specific and concrete guidance for practitioners would improve patent quality.
These subsections could include further commentary with specific suggestions, concrete examples, and check lists for best practices.
MPEP should be written in chronological order, i.e. chapters matching the life cycle/timeline of an application. For example: Filling, Searchig,Non-Final Action,Final Action, Response, Interview, After Final Communication, Allowance, etc.
Benefit. easy to search, simplify MPEP, reduce redundancy.