5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- 1211.02: Remand to consider a new amendment:
- 1214.07: Reopening Prosecution: (One option after a rejection on new grounds by the Board):
- Mandatory appeal conference
- When should the examiner's response arrive and what should it include?
- Option 2: Going to the DC Circuit Court:
- a The examiner's answer should come within 2 months of the receipt of the brief by the examiner and should contain:
responses to arguments in the brief and point out errors in the brief.
If the appeal is persuasive the examiner should also expressly withdraw his rejection on grounds where the appeal was persuasive.
- b There is a mandatory appeal conference when a valid appeal brief is filed. It has: the main examiner for the app, the supervisory patent examiner, and a conferee examiner who is experienced in the area that the patent covers.
- c Normally once the application is in appeal, the appellant has no right to enter in amendments to the app. However: If the amendment is accompanied by a 37 CFR 1.114 RCE, then the app will go back into prosecution via the RCE along with the amendment.
- d 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.
- 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
- Like any other response, the appeal must be responsive to every ground of rejection made on the merits. If the applicant does not argue against a ground for rejection, it is summarily sustained.
Components of the brief:
1. Real party of interest (the inventor/applicant/assignee)
2. Related appeals & interferences (background info on other proceedings)
3. Status of Claims (which ones are allowed/rejected)
4. Status of Amendments
5. Summary of claimed subject matter
6. Grounds of rejection to be reviewed on appeal (what the examiner said the grounds of rejection were)
7. Argument (why the claims should not be rejected)
8. Claims appendix
9. Evidence appendix (this is where additional affidavits and other evidence are put)
10. Related proceedings appendix.
- 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.
- 1) After 2 months from the time of the examiner's answer/supplemental answer if the applicant does not file a reply brief to that answer; or
2) If the applicant did file a reply brief, after the examiner notifies the applicant that the reply brief has been entered & considered and that the appeal will go to the board.
- 1211.01: Further consideration of a rejection
1211.02: Remand to consider a new amendment
1211.03: Remand for new affidavits or declarations
- Once the hearing is requested, the USPTO will contact the applicant with the particulars of time/location of the hearing, if the applicant does not confirm this notice, the hearing is waived!
5 True/False questions
Amendments after filing notice → 1) Must be made before jurisdiction passes to the Board
2) Allowed if amendment adopts a suggesion made, or if it removes an issue
3) Not allowed if raises new issues or increases total number of claims
4) Examiner may reopen prosecution to issue a new rejection (from the amendment or based on an IDS filed by applicant)
When should the request for an oral hearing be made? → Optional; must be filed within 2 months of examiner's answer
Good cause extension of time
1205.03: If a brief is non-compliant: → What you'd expect, claims that are withdrawn and not acted upon are canceled (2 month time window from the board's decision, or 2 months from an examiner's answer with no reply brief given).
Reconsideration and Court Appeal → 1) Can request rehearing on paper within 2 months from Boards decision
2) Good cause extension of time available
3) Court action must start within 2 months (at least 60 days) from decision
1206: Amendments, affidavits, other evidence that gets filed with or after the appeal: → 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.