44. Which of the following statements best correctly describes current PTO practice and
(A) Where a patent discloses subject matter being claimed in an application
undergoing examination, if the patent’s designation of inventorship differs from
that of the application, then the patent’s designation of inventorship does not raise
a presumption of inventorship regarding the subject matter disclosed but not
claimed in the patent so as to justify a rejection under 35 U.S.C. § 102(f).
(B) The fact that a claim recites various components, all of which can be
argumentatively assumed to be old, provides a proper basis for a rejection under
35 U.S.C. § 102(f).
(C) A person can be an inventor without having contributed to the conception of the
(D) In arriving at conception, an inventor may not consider and adopt ideas and
materials derived from other sources such as an employee or hired consultant.
(E) It is essential for the inventor to be personally involved in reducing the invention
to actual practice.
44. ANSWER: (A) is the most correct answer. See MPEP § 2137, p.2100-89. (B) is incorrect.
The mere fact that the claim recites components, all of which can be argumentatively assumed to
be old, does not provide a basis for rejection under 35 U.S.C. § 102(f). Ex parte Billottet, 192
USPQ 413, 415 (Bd. App. 1976); MPEP§ 2137. (C) is incorrect. One must contribute to the
conception to be an inventor. In re Hardee, 223 USPQ 1122, 1123 (Comm’r Pat. 1984). Unless
a person contributes to the conception of the invention, the person cannot be an inventor. Fiers
v. Revel, 984 F.2d 1164, 1168, 25 USPQ2d 1601, 1604-05 (Fed. Cir. 1993); MPEP § 2137.01
(section styled “An Inventor Must Contribute To The Conception of the Invention”). (D) is
incorrect. An inventor may consider and adopt suggestions from many sources. Morse v.
Porter, 155 USPQ 280, 283 (Bd. Pat. Inter. 1965); New England Braiding Co. v. A.W. Cheterton
Co., 970 F.2d. 878, 883, 23 USPQ2d 1622, 1626 (Fed. Cir. 1992); MPEP § 2137.01 (section
styled “As Long As The Inventor Maintains Intellectual Domination Over Making The
Invention, Ideas, Suggestions, And Materials May Be Adopted From Others”). (E) is incorrect.
In re DeBaun, 687 F.2d 459, 463, 214 USPQ 933, 936 (CCPA 1982) (“there is no requirement
that the inventor be the one to reduce the invention to practice so long as the reduction to practice
was done on his behalf”); MPEP § 2137.01 (section styled “The Inventor Is Not Required To
Reduce The Invention To Practice).