Effective January 23, 2012, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) established new rules for Ex Parte Appeals. These new rules supercede previously announced final rules governing Ex parte appeals. These rules do not relate to contested cases (interferences). Nor do they relate to Inter partes Reexaminations. A summary of the new Ex parte Appeal rules, below, is followed by a detailed discussion of changes to the Ex parte Appeal rules.
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