MPEP 706.03
Rejections Not Based on Prior Art

Ninth Edition of the MPEP, Revision 10.2019, Last Revised in June 2020

Previous: §706.02(n) | Next: §706.03(a)

706.03    Rejections Not Based on Prior Art [R-10.2019]

Under the principles of compact prosecution, each claim should be reviewed for compliance with every statutory requirement for patentability in the initial review of the application, even if one or more claims are found to be deficient with respect to some statutory requirement. Deficiencies should be explained clearly, particularly when they serve as a basis for a rejection. Whenever practicable, USPTO personnel should indicate how rejections may be overcome and how problems may be resolved. Where a rejection not based on prior art is proper (lack of adequate written description, enablement, or utility, etc.) such rejection should be stated with a full development of the reasons rather than by a mere conclusion.

Rejections based on nonstatutory subject matter are explained in MPEP §§ 2105 and 2106 - 2106.07(c). Rejections based on lack of utility are explained in MPEP §§ 2107 - 2107.03. Rejections based on subject matter barred by the Atomic Energy Act are explained in MPEP § 2104.01. Rejections based on subject matter that is directed to tax strategies are explained in MPEP § 2124.01, and rejections based on subject matter that is directed to a human organism are explained in MPEP § 2105. Rejections based on duplicate claims are addressed in MPEP § 608.01(m), and double patenting rejections are addressed in MPEP § 804. See MPEP §§ 608.04 and 2163.06 for rejections based on new matter. Foreign filing without a license is discussed in MPEP § 140. Disclaimer and rejections after interference are explained in MPEP Chapter 2300, res judicata is discussed in MPEP § 2190, rejections in reissue applications are explained in MPEP Chapter 1400, and improper Markush groupings are explained in MPEP § 2117. Rejections based on 35 U.S.C. 112 are discussed in MPEP §§ 2161 - 2174 and 2185.