Manual of PATENT EXAMINING PROCEDUREManual of PATENT EXAMINING PROCEDURE
Original Ninth Edition,
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|First Edition||November 1949|
|Second Edition||November 1953|
|Third Edition||November 1961|
|Fourth Edition||June 1979|
|Fifth Edition||August 1983|
|Sixth Edition||January 1995|
|Seventh Edition||July 1998|
|Eighth Edition||August 2001|
|Ninth Edition||March 2014||[R-11.2013]|