5 Written questions
5 Matching questions
- Terminal Disclaimers
- 1215.02: If at least some of the claims for the app are allowed, then
- What is a caveat for appeals?
- Mandatory appeal conference
- 1214.05: What happens when Claims are Withdrawn from the Appeal:
- a 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 If 2 of the 3 claims are allowed by the Board (reversing the examiner) and the third claim is considered withdrawn since it is not argued, then the 2 reversed claims go into allowance, and the non-argued claim is now canceled by the appellant's acts.
- b 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.
- c 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.
- d withdrawing the appeal will not abandon the app (although claims under appeal will be canceled if no further action is taken on them).
- e 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.
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.
- 1) non-entered claims, and
2) non-entered amendments
- 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)
- 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).
- In order to even have an appeal available the USPTO has to have issued a second rejection on a claim. The second rejection could either be a normal final rejection, or it could be a rejection where the claim was initially rejected in the original app, a CIP/CPA/RCE was filed to continue the app, and then the same claim was rejected in the continuation (1 time original + 1 time continuation == 2 rejections).
5 True/False questions
What does MPEP section 1208 recite? → MPEP section 1208 recites 11 content requirements
1214.06: What happens when the Examiner is sustained in whole or in part: → 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.
1215.03: Partial Withdrawal: → 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).
Timing of Filing a Reply Brief → 1) It's optional, and must be filed within 2 months of examiner's answer
2) Good cause EOT
1205.03: If a brief is non-compliant: → 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.