MPEP 1211.04
Remand by Board for Further Search

This is the Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 08.2017, Last Revised in January 2018

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1211.04    Remand by Board for Further Search [R-08.2012]

It should be extremely rare for the Board to remand a case to the examiner for further search. A remand to the examiner extends the total pendency of an application and may necessitate an extension of the patent term under 35 U.S.C. 154(b). See MPEP § 2710. When such a remand is necessary, the Board should conduct a search (on-line or otherwise) of at least one subclass and cite art from that subclass to demonstrate the basis on which it concludes that a search of this area would be material.The art cited need not be art upon which a rejection can be made.