Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 10.2019, Last Revised in June 2020
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203.02 Rejected [R-08.2012]
A nonprovisional application which, during its prosecution in the examining group and before allowance, contains an unanswered examiner’s action is designated as a "rejected" application. Its status as a "rejected" application continues as such until acted upon by the applicant in reply to the examiner’s action (within the allotted reply period), or until it becomes abandoned.