MPEP 2675.02
Informalities in One or More of the Briefs

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

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2675.02    Informalities in One or More of the Briefs [R-11.2013]

37 C.F.R. 41.67 Appellant’s brief.

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  • (d) If a brief is filed which does not comply with all the requirements of paragraph (a) and paragraph (c) of this section, appellant will be notified of the reasons for non-compliance and given a non-extendable time period within which to file an amended brief. If appellant does not file an amended brief within the set time period, or files an amended brief which does not overcome all the reasons for non-compliance stated in the notification, that appellant’s appeal will stand dismissed.

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37 C.F.R. 41.68 Respondent’s brief.

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  • (c) If a respondent brief is filed which does not comply with all the requirements of paragraph (a) and paragraph (b) of this section, respondent will be notified of the reasons for non-compliance and given a non-extendable time period within which to file an amended brief. If respondent does not file an amended respondent brief within the set time period, or files an amended respondent brief which does not overcome all the reasons for non-compliance stated in the notification, the respondent brief and any amended respondent brief by that respondent will not be considered.

Where an appellant or respondent brief does not comply with all the requirements of 37 CFR 41.67(a) and (c) or 37 CFR 41.68(a) and (b), respectively, such as missing fee or missing portion of the fee, a missing signature, inappropriate signature, less than three copies of the brief, no proof of service on a party; the appropriate party should be notified by the Board of the reasons for non-compliance and provided with a nonextendable period of one month within which to file an amended brief. A separate notification will be sent to each party, where the brief(s) of more than one party are non-compliant and/or defective. Where the same party’s appellant and respondent briefs are both informal, the Board may combine the notifications for both into one notification paper.

If an appellant does not file an amended appellant brief during the one-month period, or files an amended brief which does not overcome all the reasons for non-compliance or does not correct all defects stated in the notification, the appeal will stand dismissed as to that party.

If a respondent does not file an amended respondent brief during the one-month period, or files an amended brief which does not overcome all the reasons for non-compliance or does not correct all defects stated in the notification, the respondent brief will not be formally received into the record and will not be considered (though it will be placed in the file).

Where a party does timely file an amended brief and overcomes all the reasons for non-compliance and corrects all defects stated in the notification, the amended brief will be entered and will be considered along with the original appellant or respondent brief, when the case is taken up by the examiner. After a party has filed an amended appellant brief correcting the defect(s), the other party is not permitted to file a responsive amended respondent brief, if the amended appellant brief correcting the defect(s) is directed to form and does not go to the merits of the case. This would be the case, for example, where the failure to provide a signature or a certificate of service is corrected.