5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- What do petition matters concern and who deals with them?
- 1207: The Examiner's Answer to an Appeal Brief: What are the three options an examiner has after reading the appeal brief:
- Option 2: Going to the DC Circuit Court:
- When should the request for an oral hearing be made?
- Affidavits & Other Evidence:
- a Petition matters dealing with objections to formal/procedural matters made to the Commissioner
- b This extra evidence may be admitted, but only if the examiner determines that:
1) The affidavits or other evidence that overcome all rejections under appeal.; and
2) The showing of good or sufficient reasons why the affidavit or other evidence is actually necessary and was not available earlier.
- c TIME: the request is 2 months from the examiner's initial or supplemental answer (just like other time limits in an appeal), however it can only be extended for good cause (37 CFR 1.136(b)) not automatically.
- d 1.REOPEN THE PROSECUTION and enter in a new ground for rejection (as long as this is approved by his supervising examiner).
2. WITHDRAW THE FINAL REJECTION and allowing the claims (when the appeal overcomes the grounds for rejection). or;
3. MAINTAIN THE APPEAL by drafting an examiner's answer that will go along with the appeal brief to the board. After 20040913 this brief may also contain new grounds for a rejection too.
- e What's the big difference? In the Circuit Court it is actually possible to introduce new evidence while the court of appeals does not allow this. However, the plaintiff will have to show good cause why this evidence was not actually given to the Board or examiner earlier in the process. (Note: new evidence that was previously withheld due to fraud or gross negligence is not allowed).
The circuit court can issue the same decisions as the appellate court above.
5 Multiple choice questions
- it is not a matter of right to have new amendments added on to the application during the appeal process. The amendment process during appeals is under 37 CFR 41.33, and not under the (more permissive) 37 CFR 1.116.
- There is no obligation to consider new amendments during the appeal, but: If the amendment is just to cancel claims that are not part of the proceeding, or to re-write dependent claims in independent form (this is important to avoid abandonment in some cases, see below) then the board will remand if there is an amendment.
- Remember, appeals are only for decisions by the USPTO on the actual merits of the patent, other decisions are protested via petition instead. Remember, any petition not filed within 2 months of the underlying action may be dismissed by the USPTO under 37 CFR 1.181(f).
- f the brief is non compliant, the applicant will be notified and has a 1 month (30 day) time to correct. The time is extendable under 1.136 (a)(b), and the appeal will be dismissed if the applicant fails to comply. If the applicant actually disagrees with the finding that the brief is non-conformant, he may petition under 37 CFR 1.181 or 41.3, but the due date for the corrections will not toll.
- Say there is a final office action (3 month SSP), and the applicant files notice to appeal within 1 month of the office action. If the applicant fails to submit his actual appeal brief within 2 months of the notice, but still gets it in before the original SSP. Then the applicant still has to file a petition for a time extension. (Same thing can happen with an RCE, if the RCE is filed > 2 months after the office action, but before the 3 month SSP, a petition for a 1 month extension is needed).
5 True/False questions
Disclaimers: Remember, there are 2 kinds: → 1) Statutory Disclaimers
2) Terminal Disclaimers:
Terminal Disclaimers → Remember, these are for shortening the life of a claim to that of a pre-existing patent. They are useful in avoiding some double-patenting rejections (like a judicial double patenting rejection).
It must expressly disclaim the terminal part of the patent's term.
IT must state that the patent on the matter will only be enforceable for the limited time period that is disclaimed.
Who has to sign a disclaimer: Either the applicant, the assignee (if assigned in full), applicant & assignee together (for partial assignment), or the atty/agent of record.
1213: What Decisions the Board may Make: → Closes prosecution for rejected claims
Can enter a new ground of rejection for any claim
What does MPEP section 1208 recite? → One important caveat: Remember that when filing an RCE after a final rejection the applicant has a choice: Either appeal, or file the RCE. By filing an RCE the applicant is agreeing not to file an appeal, at least until the claim is rejected under the RCE itself. So even if there are 2 rejections in the original app, when the applicant files an RCE he is waiving the appeal until there is another rejection.
What statute deals with appeal procedure? → 1) Must identify claims being appealed
2) New arguments are allowed but new evidence is not allowed
3) Must traverse all grounds of rejection
4) All claims of a group must stand or fall together, unless stated otherwise
5) If notice of defects issued by PTO, must reply to action being appealed