A. By USPTO rule, an appeal brief should include the following sections:
(i) identification of the real party in interest;
(ii) identification of related appeals, interferences, and trials;
(iii) a summary of claimed subject matter;
(iv) arguments as to why the examiner’s rejection was in error; and
(v) a listings of the claims subject to appeal.
Further details as to the requirements for each of these sections may be found at MPEP 1205.
If an appellant submits a brief lacking one or more of the above sections, the Office will notify the appellant of the reasons for non-compliance and give the appellant a time period within which to file an amended brief. If the appellant does not file an amended brief that overcomes the reasons for non-compliance within the set time period, the appeal will be dismissed.