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3 Multiple choice questions

  1. y may be merged or one proceeding suspended until the other concludes; if inter partes merged with ex parte reexam, inter partes rules govern, but ex part requestor get no additional rights, and one reexam certificate will issue
  2. Commissioner has discretion whether to suspend in view of litigation; patent owner may seek stay of court action until reexam is terminated
  3. Commissioner is empowered to suspend one proceeding until the other is concluded

3 True/False questions

  1. Strict 9 Step Appeal Procedure1.appeal brief - due two months from notice of appeal
    2.respondent's brief- due one month from service of appeal brief
    3.examiner's answer: no new grounds fro rejection (or reopen pros)
    4. rebuttul brief- due one month from examiner's answer
    5.request fro oral hearing-due 2 months from examiner's answer
    6 oral arguement-20 mins for examiner and 30 mins for each partyt
    7. decision by Board
    8. petition for rehearing due one month from initial decision
    9. appeal to federal circuit by patent owner


  2. How is Inter Partes Reexammination Different from Ex Partes ReexaminationDifferent in 7 ways:
    1. applicable only to patents issuing from apps filed on or after 11/29/99
    2. if requestq is granted, first OA is mailed with the order granting request
    3. if request is denied, partial refund
    4. no interviews are permitted during inter parts reexam
    5. 3rd party requestor may respond to patent owner's reply to each OA
    6. 3rd party requestor may appeal to the Board or participate in patent owner's appeal Board
    7. a party who has previously requested an inter partes reexam in which a final decision favorable to the patentability of a claim is estopped from later Court action on the basis of issues raised or issues that could have been raised in the inter partes reexam


  3. 3rd Party Requestor Participation in Inter Partes ReexaminationEssentially the same as ex parte reexam except includes rule 1.20(c)(2) fee of $8,800--no small entity; certification that R907 estoppel does not apply, and must identify the real party who is making request