MPEP 1212

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1212 Board Requires Appellant to Address Matter[edit | edit source]

37 CFR 41.50. Decisions and other actions by the Board.
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(d) The Board may order appellant to additionally brief any matter that the Board considers to be of assistance in reaching a reasoned decision on the pending appeal. Appellant will be given a non-extendable time period within which to respond to such an order. Failure to timely comply with the order may result in the sua sponte dismissal of the appeal.


37 CFR 41.50(d) authorizes the Board to additionally brief any matter deemed appropriate for a reasoned decision on the appeal. This may include, for example: (A) the applicability of particular case law that has not been previously identified as relevant to an issue in the appeal; or (B) the applicability of prior art that has not been made of record.

The rule further provides that the appellant will be given a non-extendable time period within which to respond to the requirement. Failure to respond within the time period set by the Board may result in dismissal of the appeal.

← MPEP 1211 ↑ MPEP 1200 MPEP 1213 →