MPEP 2689: Reexamination Review
This is the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, published in March 2014
After a reexamination case is acted on by the examiner and all premailing clerical processing is completed, the case is forwarded to the Central Reexamination Unit (CRU) Supervisory Patent Reexamination Specialist (SPRS) or Technology Center (TC) Quality Assurance Specialist (QAS). The CRU SPRS/TC QAS (with the aid of the paralegals or other technical support who might be assigned as backup) will then (A) procedurally review the examiner’s action for compliance with the applicable provisions of the reexamination statute and regulations, and with reexamination policy, practice and procedure, (B) do a completeness review of the action to ensure that all issues and arguments raised by all parties are appropriately developed, considered and addressed, and that all materials of the action (e.g., references, forms and cover sheets) are present and appropriately completed.
In addition to the CRU SPRS/TC QAS review of the reexamination cases, a panel review is made prior to issuing Office actions as set forth in MPEP § 2671.03.