Section 1207.04 of the MPEP states that Examiners can reopen prosecution after the Applicant has filed an Appeal Brief. I do not see any basis in the patent statutes or rules for this section of the MPEP. Nor is there any justifiably reason to allow this. Examiners are allowed to place new rejections in the Examiner's Answer, which the Applicant can then choose to respond to by reopening prosecution or proceeding ...more »
The downloadable PDF version of Chapter 1200 includes a typo in section 1202:
decisions mailed prior to September 16, 2102 should continue to be cited as decisions of the BPAI or its predecessor organizations
Presumably, 2102 should read 2012.
MPEP 1204.04 points out that other than dictionary definitions, the Record of evidence upon which an appeal brief can rely includes only "the items listed in the content listing of the Image File Wrapper of the official file of the application ..., excluding amendments, Evidence, and other documents that were not entered." This definition is unclear because the IFW does not state which documents have been "entered". ...more »
1206, I (11/2015) says: > The entry of an amendment (which may not include a new affidavit,declaration, exhibit or other evidence) submitted in an application on appeal is governed by 37 CFR 41.33, not 37 CFR 1.116. However, 37 CFR 41.33(a) states that: > Amendments filed after the date of filing an appeal ... and prior to the date a brief is filed ... may be admitted as provided in §1.116 ... . Furthermore, 1204, ...more »