MPEP 2304
Suggesting an Interference

Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 07.2022, Last Revised in February 2023

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2304    Suggesting an Interference [R-08.2017]

The suggestion for an interference may come from an applicant or from an examiner. Who suggests the interference determines what must be done and shown prior to declaration of an interference. In either circumstance, the examiner must consult with an Interference Practice Specialist (IPS), who may then refer the suggested interference to the Board.