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Title Page  

Manual of PATENT EXAMINING PROCEDURE

Manual of PATENT EXAMINING PROCEDURE

Original Eighth Edition

August 2001

Latest Revision

August 2012

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First EditionNovember 1949
Second EditionNovember 1953
Third EditionNovember 1961
Fourth EditionJune 1979
Fifth EditionAugust 1983
Sixth EditionJanuary 1995
Seventh EditionJuly 1998
Eighth EditionAugust 2001
Revision 1 February 2003
Revision 2 May 2004
Revision 3 August 2005
Revision 4 October 2005
Revision 5 August 2006
Revision 6 September 2007
Revision 7 July 2008
Revision 8 July 2010
Revision 9 August 2012