Behind The Scenes Of A Pre-Appeal Brief Review

Law360, New York (February 16, 2012, 1:18 PM ET) -- Once the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issues a final rejection of a patent application, an applicant is faced with an important decision of what to do next. The options include: filing a notice of appeal, filing a request for continued examination ("RCE"), filing an after final response or amendment, and abandoning the application.

There are many factors that may influence this decision, but one option that may be overlooked is filing a notice of appeal accompanied by a pre-appeal brief request for review. But, what...
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