Recent test takers report question #44 from the October 2003 (pm) exam is in the Patent Bar database of tested questions.
44. In accordance with the USPTO rules and the procedures set forth in the MPEP, which of the following, if any, is true?
(A) The loser in an interference in the PTO is estopped from later claiming he or she was the first to invent in a Federal District Court since the loser must win in the USPTO or he/she will lose the right to contest priority.
(B) A person being sued for infringement may file a request for reexamination without first obtaining the permission of the Court in which the litigation is taking place.
(C) A practitioner may not represent spouses, family members or relatives before the USPTO since such representation inherently creates a conflict of interest and a practitioner is likely to engage in favoritism over his/her other clients.
(D) Employees of the USPTO may not apply for a patent during the period of their employment and for two years thereafter.
(E) None of the above.
ANSWER: (B) is the most correct answer. Any person at any time may file a request for reexamination. 35 U.S.C. § 302. As to (A) loser may appeal to District Court under 35 U.S.C. § 146. As to (C), there is no prohibition regarding spouses, family members, and other relatives. As to (D) according to 35 U.S.C. § 4, employees are prohibited during the period of their employment and one year thereafter. As to (E), (B) is true.