Q11: Other reasons for filing RCEs

Allow submission of IDS's After Final and After Allowance

A significant number of RCEs are filed as a result of references received in related applications, in foreign and US prosecution. If there were a procedure to allow the filing of an IDS during any phase of prosecution, a significant number of RCEs would be avoided. Especially for larger families of cases, the inability to submit references after a final action or allowance can lead to an infinite cycle of RCEs as references trickle in. Because the current procedure allows the After Final RCE only for cases that are the foreign counterpart application, it is too limited.

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