Q6: RCEs after final rejections

Allow Examiners to conduct an additional search after final

Between myself and fellow practitioners, I know of too many instances where an Examiner refuses entry of an after final amendment on the grounds that it will require an additional search, only to then allow the case on first action after an RCE. (This happens, by the way, even when the claim amendments after final include nothing more than that which was within the scope of original claims anyway, which is a bit ridiculous). To prevent this incredible waste of time and fees, give the Examiners points for a search in response to an amendment submitted after final that overcomes the cited references.



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Idea No. 14