Question #5 from the April 2003 (AM) patent bar exam is reported by exam takers as a question in the current exam database.
5. In accordance with the USPTO rules and the procedures set forth in the MPEP, which of the following may not be filed by facsimile transmission?
(A) A request for continued examination under 37 CFR 1.114 along with a submission.
(B) A continued prosecution application under 37 CFR 1.53(d).
(C) An amendment in reply to a non-final Office action.
(D) The filing of a provisional patent application specification and drawing for the purpose of obtaining an application filing date.
(E) (B) and (D).
ANSWER: (D) is the most correct answer. 37 CFR § 1.6(d)(3); MPEP § 502.01. MPEP § 501.01, under the heading “Correspondence Relative To Patents And Patent Applications Where Filing By Facsimile Transmission Is Not Permitted,” identifies among the correspondence not permitted to be filed by facsimile transmission “(B) A national patent application specification and drawing (provisional or nonprovisional) or other correspondence for the purpose of obtaining an application filing date, other than a continued prosecution application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(d)” (A), (B) and (C) are incorrect. See 37 CFR § 1.6(d)(3); MPEP §§ 201.06(d), 502.01, 706.07(h) and 714. A request for continued examination (RCE) under 37 CFR § 1.114, which is not a new application, a continued prosecution application (CPA) under 37 CFR § 1.53(d) and an amendment in reply to a non-final Office action may be filed by facsimile transmission.