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U.S. patent law Edit

A final Office action (also called a final refusal) is an Office action on the second or any subsequent examination or consideration by a patent examiner that is intended to close the prosecution of a nonprovisional patent application.[1]

Applicant's reply under 37 C.F.R. 1.113 to a final rejection is limited either to an appeal in the case of rejection of any claim to the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences[2] or to an amendment complying with the requirements set forth in the Office action.[3] Reply to a final rejection must comply with 37 C.F.R. 1.114 or include cancellation of, or appeal from the rejection of, each rejected claim. If any claim stands allowed, the reply to a final rejection must comply with any requirements or objections as to form.[4]

U.S. trademark law Edit

See Final refusal.

References Edit

  1. See MPEP 706.07(b) for a final rejection and when it is proper on a first Office action.
  2. 37 C.F.R. 1.191.
  3. 37 C.F.R. 1.114 or 1.116.
  4. 37 C.F.R. 1.113(c).

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