Patent and Trademark Office August 4, 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Clarification of Filing Date Requirements for Ex Parte
Document Number: E6-12600
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is, in this final rule making, revising the rules of practice relating to the filing date requirements for ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings for consistency with the provisions of the patent statute governing ex parte and inter partes reexamination proceedings, and to permit the Office to have the full statutory three months to address a request for reexamination that is complete. The Office is specifically revising the rules to require that a request for ex parte reexamination or for inter partes reexamination must meet all the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements before a filing date is accorded to the request for ex parte reexamination or for inter partes reexamination.