The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced earlier this month that it has posted archival editions and revisions of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) in PDF format on its website. Previously, users had to request paper copies of the MPEP from previous years from the USPTO Certification Branch or access the microfilm at the USPTO Public Search Facility. The recently posted archival copies cover the years 1948 to 2006. The decision to convert the microfilm to PDF came in response to a request by Government Relations Committee (GRC) member Larry Meyer and others to make the MPEP electronically available.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]