37 CFR 42.206: Filing date

Taken from the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2015, Last Revised in November 2015

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42.206    Filing date.

  • (a) Complete petition. A petition to institute a post-grant review will not be accorded a filing date until the petition satisfies all of the following requirements:
    • (1) Complies with § 42.204 or § 42.304, as the case may be,
    • (2) Effects service of the petition on the correspondence address of record as provided in § 42.205(a); and
    • (3) Is accompanied by the filing fee in § 42.15(b).
  • (b) Incomplete petition. Where a party files an incomplete petition, no filing date will be accorded and the Office will dismiss the request if the deficiency in the petition is not corrected within the earlier of either one month from the notice of an incomplete petition, or the expiration of the statutory deadline in which to file a petition for post-grant review.
[Applicability Note: Subpart C (Post-Grant Review) generally applies to patents issuing from applications subject to first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. In addition, the Chief Administrative Patent Judge may, in the interests-of-justice, order an interference commenced before September 16, 2012 to be dismissed without prejudice to the filing of a petition for post-grant review. See § 42.200(d) and the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, Public Law 112-29, sec. 6(f)(3)(A).]
[Added, 77 FR 48680, Aug. 14, 2012, effective Sept. 16, 2012]