How To Search
- Use quotes for an exact phrase match (e.g.,
subject matter eligibilitywill find all sections that contain the exact phrase).
- Leave out quotes for a broad search to find sections where the searched word(s) are mentioned in any order.
- To find relevant results faster, try combining phrases (in quotes) and keywords (without quotes)
petition to make special(with quotes) will find all sections that has the exact phrase — in the exact order.
- A particular section (or subsection) can be reached by typing the section number or title, e.g., 2143.01 or
- restrictions on uspto employees (without quotes) will perform a broad search and display sections that have the searched words in any order (Note: this may cause non-relevant results to be displayed as well).
final rejection(combination of a phrase–final rejection–and a keyword ‘improper’) can be used to determine all sections related to a final rejection discussing when it may be improper for an examiner to issue one.
- Step 2A
prong oneto find subject matter eligibility analysis discussing prong one of step 2A. Note:
Step 2A prong onewould ignore the sections that do not contain the exact phrase, so may not be desirable if variants of the phrase.
- iPhone uses non-standard quotes. You will need to disable “smart punctuation” from System >General > Keyboards to perform an exact phrase search using quotes.