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Request For Continued Examination

Smith Hopen Intellectual Property Term Glossary Definition for Request For Continued Examination
A streamlined procedure for keeping a patent pending after final rejection. Upon payment of the standard filing fee and presentation of a Preliminary Amendment, the final rejection is, in effect, withdrawn and the amended claims are examined just as if they were being presented for the first time in a newly filed application. Thus, if another rejection is forthcoming, it will not be a final rejection.


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