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1004    Actions Which Require the Attention of a Primary Examiner [R-07.2015]

Existing practice requires the primary examiner to be personally responsible for the following actions:

1. Allowances (MPEP § 1302.13).

2. Examiner’s amendments (MPEP § 1302.04).

3. Quayle actions (MPEP § 714.14).

4. Final rejections (MPEP § 706.07).

5. Final Office actions containing a final requirement for restriction (MPEP § 803.01).

6. Withdrawal of final rejection (MPEP §§ 706.07(d) and 706.07(e)).

7. Actions on amendments submitted after final rejection (MPEP § 714.12).

8. All examiner’s answers on appeal (MPEP § 1207).

9. Actions reopening prosecution (MPEP § 1214.07).

10. Entry of amendments under 37 CFR 1.312 that are directed merely to formal matters or the cancellation of claims (MPEP § 714.16).

11. Rejection of a previously allowed claim (MPEP § 706.04).

12. Holding of abandonment for insufficient reply (MPEP § 711.03(a)).

13. Decision on affidavits or declarations (for example, under 37 CFR 1.130(a) (MPEP § 717.01(a) et seq.), 37 CFR 1.130(b) (MPEP § 717.01(b) et seq.), 37 CFR 1.131(a) (MPEP § 715.08), 37 CFR 1.131(c) (MPEP § 718), or 37 CFR 1.132 (MPEP § 716)).

14. First request for suspension of examiner’s action (MPEP § 709).

15. Decision on reissue oath or declaration (MPEP § 1414).

16. International Preliminary Examination Reports (MPEP § 1879).

17. Classification of allowed cases (MPEP § 903.07).

18. Treatment of newly filed application which obviously fails to comply with 35 U.S.C. 112 (MPEP § 702.01).

19. Consideration of the advisability of a patentability report (MPEP § 705.01(a)).

20. Requests filed prior to September 16, 2012 under 37 CFR 1.48 for correction of inventorship or to accept amendments, statements, or oaths or declarations under 37 CFR 1.48 (MPEP § 602.01(c)(3)).

21. Actions suggesting claims for interference purposes (MPEP §§ 2304.04, 2304.04(b)). Note that the examiner should consult with a Technology Center Practice Specialist (TCPS), MPEP § 2304.04.

22. Actions involving copied patent claims (MPEP § 2304.04(b).

23. Suggesting an interference (MPEP § 2304.04).

24. Calling Administrative Patent Judge’s attention to a discovered reference which makes a claim corresponding to a count unpatentable.

For matters decided by supervisory patent examiners, see MPEP § 1002.02(d).

For a list of actions that are to be submitted to the Technology Center Directors, see MPEP §§ 1002.02(c) and 1003.

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