1004 Actions Which Require the Attention of a Primary Examiner [R-08.2012]
There are some questions which existing practice requires the primary examiner to be personally responsible for. The following actions fall in this category:
Final rejection (MPEP § 706.07).
Proposing an interference (MPEP § 2309).
Disposition of an amendment in an application in interference looking to the formation of another interference involving that application (MPEP § 2364.01).
Calling Administrative Patent Judge’s attention to a discovered reference which makes a claim corresponding to a count unpatentable (37 CFR 1.641, MPEP § 2341).
Rejection of a previously allowed claim (MPEP § 706.04).
Classification of allowed cases (MPEP § 903.07).
Holding of abandonment for insufficient reply (MPEP § 711.03(a)).
Suspension of examiner’s action (MPEP § 709).
Consideration of the advisability of a patentability report (MPEP § 705.01(a)).
All examiner’s answers on appeal (MPEP § 1208).
Decision on reissue oath or declaration (MPEP § 1414).
International Preliminary Examination Reports (MPEP § 1879).