Q) Interference and Reexamination (4.03.12p)
Recent test takers report question #12 from the October 2003 (pm) exam is in the Patent Bar database of tested questions.
12. In accordance with the USPTO rules and the procedures set forth in the MPEP, which of the following is true?
(A) Interferences will generally be declared even when the applications involved are owned by the same assignee since only one patent may issue for any given invention.
(B) A senior party in an interference is necessarily the party who obtains the earliest actual filing date in the USPTO.
(C) Reexamination proceedings may not be merged with reissue applications since third parties are not permitted in reissue applications.
(D) After a reexamination proceeding is terminated and the certificate has issued, any member of the public may obtain a copy of the certificate by ordering a copy of the patent.
(E) None of the above.
ANSWER: (D) is the most correct answer. See MPEP § 2292. As to (A) see 37 CFR § 1.602(a). As to (B) see 37 CFR § 1.601(m), which provides that the senior party has earliest effective filing date. As to (C), see MPEP § 2285 regarding merger of reissues and reexamination proceedings. As to (E), (D) is true.