MPEP 140, I. (Jan. 2018), at 100-35--36, is titled "Expedited Foreign Filing License." It references 37 CFR 5.12(b), which relates to a "petition for license." Would the Office please clarify what "Expedited" means here?
For most petitions, the Applicant can submit a separate petition under 1.182 to request expedited consideration of the substantive petition. However, as far as I know, there is only one type of petition for FFL, and it is given expedited handling as a matter of course. That is, there is no need to submit a separate petition under 1.182 to benefit from the "Expedited" handling mentioned in the MPEP. Right?
Since this is a special case, I would appreciate clarification in the MPEP. Perhaps the following:
- Remove all references to "expedited" in 140
- Change the title of 140, I to "Explicit Petition for Foreign Filing License"
- Amend 100-36, left column, second full paragraph, to begin "Generally ... business days from receipt of the [[expedited]]>express< petition..."
Thanks for considering this request!
(As always, all opinions are my own and not necessarily those of any other party.)