MPEP 707.07(a)
Complete Action on Formal Matters

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

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707.07(a)    Complete Action on Formal Matters [R-08.1012]

Any form that lists informalities and any additional formal requirements which the examiner desires to make should be included in the first action.

When any formal requirement is made in an examiner’s action, that action should, in all cases where it indicates allowable subject matter, call attention to 37 CFR 1.111(b) and state that a complete reply must either comply with all formal requirements or specifically traverse each requirement not complied with.

¶ 7.43.03    Allowable Subject Matter, Formal Requirements Outstanding

As allowable subject matter has been indicated, applicant’s reply must either comply with all formal requirements or specifically traverse each requirement not complied with. See 37 CFR 1.111(b) and MPEP § 707.07(a).

Examiner Note:

This form paragraph would be appropriate when changes (for example, drawing corrections or corrections to the specification) must be made prior to allowance.