Q) Restriction (10.03.41p)

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Recent test takers report that question #41 from the October 2003 (PM) test is in the patent bar exam database.

41. A non-final Office action contains, among other things, a restriction requirement between two groups of claims (Group 1 and Group 2). Determine which of the following, if included in a timely reply under 37 CFR 1.111, preserves applicant’s right to petition the Commissioner to review the restriction requirement in accordance with the patent laws, rules and procedures as related in the MPEP.
(A) Applicant’s entire reply to the restriction requirement is: “The examiner erred in distinguishing between Group 1 and Group 2, and therefore the restriction requirement is respectfully traversed and no election is being made, in order that applicant’s right to petition the Commissioner to review the restriction requirement is preserved.”
(B) Applicant’s entire reply to the restriction requirement is: “Applicant elects Group 1 and respectfully traverses the restriction requirement, because the examiner erred in requiring a restriction between Group 1 and Group 2.”
(C) Applicant’s reply distinctly points out detailed reasons why applicant believes the examiner erred in requiring a restriction between Group 1 and Group 2, and additionally sets forth, “Applicant therefore respectfully traverses the restriction requirement and no election is being made, in order that applicant’s right to petition the Commissioner to review the restriction requirement is preserved.”
(D) Applicant’s reply distinctly points out detailed reasons why applicant believes the examiner erred in requiring a restriction between Group 1 and Group 2, and additionally sets forth, “Applicant therefore respectfully traverses the restriction requirement and elects Group 2.
(E) None of the above.

ANSWER: (D) is the most correct answer. 37 CFR § 1.111(b); MPEP §§ 818.03(a)-(c). MPEP § 818.03(a) states “[a]s shown by the first sentence of 37 CFR 1.143, the traverse to a requirement must be complete as required by 37 CFR 1.111(b) . . . Under this rule, the applicant is required to specifically point out the reasons on which he or she bases his or her conclusions that a requirement to restrict is in error.” An election must be made even if the requirement is traversed. MPEP § 818.03(b). Answer (A) is incorrect since the traversal does not distinctly point out the supposed errors in the examiner’s action, and no election is made. 37 CFR § 1.143. MPEP § 818.03(a) states “[a] mere broad allegation that the requirement is in error does not comply with the requirement of 37 CFR 1.111.” Answer (A) is also incorrect because no election is made. MPEP § 818.03(b) states, “[a]s noted in the second sentence of 37 CFR 1.143, a provisional election must be made even though the requirement is traversed. (B) is incorrect. MPEP § 818.03 since the traversal does not distinctly point out the supposed errors in the examiner’s action. (C) is incorrect since no election is made. See MPEP § 818.03(b) (E) is incorrect because (D) is correct.

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1 OverworkkedNo Gravatar April 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm

However, the election is a “provisional election” which D still fails to properly designate. The other answers, A & C, understand the need to qualify a non-election. See MPEPe8r8 – 818.03(b).

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2 ZNo Gravatar March 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Got this 3/30/13.

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