The HTML version of the MPEP includes one navigation at the top of each page and one at the bottom, for MPEP forward and backward navigation to the adjacent section of the MPEP. That button at the bottom of each page is a design flaw, because it requires a user to navigate to the bottom of each HTML page to navigate to the next section of the MPEP. Both buttons shoudl be at the top, at a location that is identical from ...more »
Should the web version include hyperlinks to additional material?
Perhaps, but what does the author have in mind?
Bear in mind that several court decisions have taken judicial notice of the MPEP, and while acknowledging that it does not have the force of law, it nevertheless has been treated as the authoritative view of the USPTO. With that understanding, what topics would be reasonable candidates to which the current MPEP subject matter should connect via hyperlink?
First: EXCELLENT idea to accept practitioner comments. Thank you. The reissue section of the MPEP needs to be more specific about what is required and expected of applicants. Even examiners can be confused by the Rules. For example, the current MPEP contains some examples of claim amendment requirements, but more are needed. Reissue applications are amended in ways different from non-reissue applications (claim amendments ...more »