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2261    Special Status for Action [R-11.2013]

35 U.S.C. 305   Conduct of reexamination proceedings.

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All reexamination proceedings under this section, including any appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, will be conducted with special dispatch within the Office.

In view of the requirement for “special dispatch,” reexamination proceedings will be “special” throughout their pendency in the Office. The examiner’s first action on the merits should be completed within 1 month of the filing date of the requester’s reply (37 CFR 1.535), or within 1 month of the filing date of the patent owner’s statement (37 CFR 1.530) if there is no requester other than the patent owner. If no submissions are made under either 37 CFR 1.530 or 37 CFR 1.535, the first action on the merits should be completed within 1 month of any due date for such submission. Mailing of the first action should occur within 6 WEEKS after the appropriate filing or due date of any statement and any reply thereto.

Any cases involved in litigation, whether they are  reexamination proceedings or reissue applications, will have priority over all other cases. Reexamination proceedings not involved in litigation will have priority over all other cases except reexaminations or reissues involved in litigation.

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