1103 Examination of a SIR [R-2]
37 C.F.R. 1.294 Examination of request for publication of a statutory invention registration and patent application to which the request is directed.
- (a) Any request for a statutory invention registration will be examined to determine if the requirements of § 1.293 have been met. The application to which the request is directed will be examined to determine (1) if the subject matter of the application is appropriate for publication, (2) if the requirements for publication are met, and (3) if the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 112 and § 1.293 of this part are met.
- (b) Applicant will be notified of the results of the examination set forth in paragraph (a) of this section. If the requirements of § 1.293 and this section are not met by the request filed, the notification to applicant will set a period of time within which to comply with the requirements in order to avoid abandonment of the application. If the application does not meet the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 112, the notification to applicant will include a rejection under the appropriate provisions of 35 U.S.C. 112. The periods for reply established pursuant to this section are subject to the extension of time provisions of § 1.136. After reply by the applicant, the application will again be considered for publication of a statutory invention registration. If the requirements of § 1.293 and this section are not timely met, the refusal to publish will be made final. If the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 112 are not met, the rejection pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 112 will be made final.
- (c) If the examination pursuant to this section results in approval of the request for a statutory invention registration the applicant will be notified of the intent to publish a statutory invention registration.
An examiner in Art Unit 3641 or 3662, where appropriate, will determine whether the application in which a request for a statutory invention registration has been filed is a pending nonprovisional application. If the application was abandoned at the time the request was filed, has been patented, or has been allowed and the issue fee paid, the examiner should return the SIR request to the requester accompanied by a Return of Statutory Invention Registration Request to Requester notice (form * > SIR-C < ).
If the application is pending, the examiner should ascertain whether an Office action with a rejection under 35 U.S.C. 112 has been issued and not replied to. If so, and if there remains any time to reply to the rejection, the examiner should send the applicant a courtesy notice requiring a timely reply. If no time for reply remains, the application is abandoned and the examiner should inform the applicant of this fact.
After the examiner handling the SIR has ascertained that all outstanding rejections under 35 U.S.C. 112 have been replied to, the examiner should verify that the request for a SIR meets the requirements of 37 CFR 1.293. First, applicant should be notified of any defects in the signature on the SIR request or of any inadequacy of the SIR fee. A 1-month time period should be set for applicant to correct the signature or fee before any further consideration of the SIR request is given. ** > A Notice of Improper Request for a Statutory Invention Registration (form SIR-E) < may be used for this purpose. Next, applicant should be given 1 month to correct any other informalities in the SIR request under 37 CFR 1.293 and any informalities in the application under 37 CFR 1.294 using a Notice of Informal Statutory Invention Registration (SIR) Request, form * > SIR-F < . The examiner should also determine whether the application complies with 35 U.S.C. 112. If not, a rejection with a 3-month shortened statutory period for reply should be made using a Notice of Noncompliance with 35 U.S.C. 112 of application having SIR Request, form * > SIR-I < . Both form * > SIR-F < and form * > SIR-I < can be mailed at the same time. If they are, applicant should be given a 3-month shortened statutory period to reply to both forms.
If applicant’s reply to form * > SIR-F < does not correct the defects, the SIR request should be finally refused using a Notice of Final Refusal of Informal Statutory Invention Registration (SIR) Request, form * > SIR-G < . If applicant’s reply to the rejection set forth on form * > SIR-I < does not bring the application into compliance with 35 U.S.C. 112, the rejection should be made final.
After the application complies with 37 CFR 1.293, 37 CFR 1.294, and 35 U.S.C. 112, the examiner should determine whether the application is involved in a pending interference. If so, applicant should be notified, using form * > SIR-J < , that no decision will be made on the SIR request until the interference proceedings are concluded.
If the applicant has lost priority of any claims due to a concluded interference, applicant should be given 1 month, using form * > SIR-J < , to cancel the lost claims (if a statutory invention registration is still desired with claims on which priority was not lost) or to request withdrawal of the request for statutory invention registration (if further prosecution as to patentability is desired). See MPEP § 1109. If none of the claims in the application was lost in interference, and if the application complies with 37 CFR 1.293, 37 CFR 1.294, and 35 U.S.C. 112, then the application is in condition to be prepared for publication. See MPEP § 1107.
An application under secrecy order will be withheld from publication during such period as the national interest requires, and the applicant should be informed of this fact by using a Notice of Statutory Invention Registration * Acceptance (Form D-11), form * > SIR-N (Form D-11) < .