5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- 1214.07: Reopening Prosecution: (One option after a rejection on new grounds by the Board):
- 1214.05: What happens when Claims are Withdrawn from the Appeal:
- 1211.02: Remand to consider a new amendment:
- Failure to provide the appeal brief
- What do petition matters concern and who deals with them?
- a 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.
- b Petition matters dealing with objections to formal/procedural matters made to the Commissioner
- c A failure to provide the appeal brief will result in dismissal of the appeal. However, if some of the claims in the patent were originally allowed, then the parts of the app that are allowed will go back to the examiner and the app will not be immediately abandoned. If however none of the claims were originally allowed, the entire app gets abandoned if the applicant fails to provide a brief. (The normal 37 CFR 1.137 revival terms are available if the abandonment was legally 'unintentional' or 'unavoidable'; remember that a successful 37 CFR 1.137 acts as an RCE).
- 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 Say there are 3 disputed claims, but the appellant either does not argue for some of them on appeal or withdraws arguments for some of them. If 2 of the 3 claims are allowed by the Board (reversing the examiner) and the third claim is considered withdrawn since it is not argued, then the 2 reversed claims go into allowance, and the non-argued claim is now canceled by the appellant's acts.
5 Multiple choice questions
- 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
- Appeal matters dealing with substantive issues (rejections); actions on the merits that are made to the Board of Patent Appeals & Interferences
- Closes prosecution for rejected claims
Can enter a new ground of rejection for any claim
- MPEP section 1208 recites 11 content requirements
- (37 CFR 1.4131): Step 1: The applicant has to file notice of appeal, which simply means that the applicant notifies the USPTO of the intent to appeal and includes a fee.
Step 2: Actually file an appeal brief:
TIME LIMITS: The applicant has 2 months from the receipt of the notice to appeal until the appeal brief itself is due. If there is an appeal while there are other outstanding deadlines, the appeal acts to toll the other deadlines (just like a pause button). One weird thing: The notice of appeal is supposed to be sent in person or via the Express Mail system. A mailing certificate does not apply here. Instead the USPTO will consider the "date in" at the post office to be the date of receipt of the notice, and that is the date from which the 2 month period begins counting.
5 True/False questions
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.
Affidavits & Other Evidence: → 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.
What is required to be in appeal brief? → 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
1215.04: When an appeal is dimissed by the Board: → When there is no appeal brief filed within the 37 CFR 41.37 time frame (2 months from filing of notice of appeal) the appeal gets dismissed.
Remember: If some claims are still allowable, the patent can still issue with the allowable claims, but all others get canceled.
Amendments after filing notice → 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.