TMEP 1714.01(f)(ii)(E): Dismissal of Appeal for Failure to File a Brief

This is the October 2015 Edition of the TMEP

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1714.01(f)(ii)(E)    Dismissal of Appeal for Failure to File a Brief

An applicant cannot file a petition to revive under 37 C.F.R. §2.66 if an application is abandoned because the Board dismisses an appeal for failure to file a brief. In this situation, the applicant may file a motion with the Board to set aside the dismissal and accept a late-filed brief. See TBMP §1203.02(a). If the Board denies this motion, the applicant may file a petition to the Director under 37 C.F.R. §2.146, asking the Director to reverse the Board’s order. The petition must be filed within thirty days of the issuance date of the Board’s order. 37 C.F.R. §2.146(e)(2). The Director will reverse the Board’s action only if the Board clearly erred or abused its discretion.