MPEP Section 2270, Clerical Handling
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2270 Clerical Handling [R-7]
The person designated as the reexamination clerk will handle most of the initial clerical processing of the reexamination file. The Central Reexamination >(CRU) Supervisory Patent Examiner (SPE)< Unit or Technology Center ** >(TC) Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS)< provides oversight as to clerical processing.
Where an amendment is submitted in proper form and it is otherwise appropriate to enter the amendment, the amendment will be entered for purposes of the reexamination proceeding, even though the amendment does not have legal effect until the certificate is issued. Any "new matter" amendment to the disclosure ( 35 U.S.C. 132) will be required to be canceled, and claims containing new matter will be rejected under 35 U.S.C. 112. A "new matter" amendment to the drawing is ordinarily not entered. See MPEP § 608.04, § 608.04(a) and (c). Where an amendment enlarges the scope of the claims of the patent, the amendment will be entered; however the appropriate claims will be rejected under 35 U.S.C. 305.