35 U.S.C. 134: Appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

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35 U.S.C. 134   Appeal to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

[Editor Note: Applicable to proceedings commenced on or after September 16, 2012 and applicable to any patent application subject to the first inventor to file provisions of the AIA (see 35 U.S.C. 100 (note) ). See 35 U.S.C. 134 (transitional) for the law applicable to proceedings commenced on or after September 16, 2012 but not applicable to any patent application subject to the first inventor to file provisions of the AIA. See 35 U.S.C. 134 (pre‑AIA) for the law applicable to proceedings commenced before September 16, 2012.]

  • (a) PATENT APPLICANT.— An applicant for a patent, any of whose claims has been twice rejected, may appeal from the decision of the primary examiner to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, having once paid the fee for such appeal.
  • (b) PATENT OWNER.— A patent owner in a reexamination may appeal from the final rejection of any claim by the primary examiner to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, having once paid the fee for such appeal.

(Amended Nov. 8, 1984, Public Law 98-622, sec. 204(b)(1), 98 Stat. 3388; Nov. 29, 1999, Public Law 106-113, sec. 1000(a)(9), 113 Stat. 1501A-570 (S. 1948 sec. 4605(b)); subsections (a)-(c) amended Nov. 2, 2002, Public Law 107-273, secs. 13106 and 13202, 116 Stat. 1901; amended Sept. 16, 2011, Public Law 112-29, secs. 7(b) (effective Sept. 16, 2012) and 3(j) (effective March 16, 2013), 125 Stat. 284.)