Question #19 from the April 2003 (AM) patent bar exam is reported by exam takers as a question in the current exam database.
ANSWER: (B) is the most correct answer. 37 CFR § 1.133; MPEP § 713.02. As stated in MPEP § 713.02, “[a] request for an interview prior to the first Office action is ordinarily granted in continuing or substitute applications. A request for an interview in all other applications before the first action is untimely and will not be acknowledged if written, or granted if oral. 37 CFR 1.133(a).” (A) is incorrect because interview will not be permitted off Office premises without the authority of the Commissioner. 37 CFR § 1.133(a)(1). (C) is incorrect because an interview for the discussion of the patentability of a pending application will not occur before the first Office action, unless the application is a continuing or substitute application. 37 CFR § 1.133(a)(2). (D) is incorrect because (A) and (C) are incorrect. (E) is incorrect because (B) is correct.