1501.02(c) Reply Briefs in Ex Parte Appeals
The applicant may file a brief in reply to the examining attorney’s appeal brief. Reply briefs must be filed within twenty days of the date of issuance of the examining attorney’s brief. 37 C.F.R. §2.142(b)(1). The examining attorney may not file a written response to the reply brief. However, in the oral argument (if the applicant requests an oral argument), the examining attorney should respond to any significant issues raised in the applicant’s reply brief.