Section 1005 Exceptions to Partial Signatory Authority

Examiners who are delegated partial signatory authority are expected to sign their own actions with the exception of the following actions which require the signature of a primary examiner, Technology Center Director, or practice specialist:

1. Allowances (MPEP § 1302.13).

2. Examiner’s amendments (MPEP § 1302.04).

3. Quayle actions (MPEP § 714.14).

4. Final rejections (MPEP §§ 706.07 and 803.01).

5. Withdrawal of final rejection (MPEP §§ 706.07(d) and 706.07(e)).

6. Actions on amendments submitted after final rejection (MPEP § 714.12).

7. Examiner’s answers on appeal (MPEP § 1207).

8. Actions reopening prosecution (MPEP § 1214.07).

9. Requests for withdrawal from issue (MPEP § 1308).

10. 37 CFR 1.312 amendments (MPEP § 714.16).

11. Rejection of previously allowed claim (MPEP § 706.04).

12. Final holding of abandonment for insufficient reply (MPEP § 711.03(a)).

13. Actions based on affidavit or declaration evidence (for example, under 37 CFR 1.130(a) (MPEP § 717.01(a) et seq.), 37 CFR 1.130(b) (MPEP § 717.01(b) et seq.), 37 CFR 1.131(a) (MPEP § 715.08), 37 CFR 1.131(c) (MPEP § 718), or 37 CFR 1.132 (MPEP § 716)).

14. Suspension of examiner’s action (MPEP § 709).

15. Reissue applications (e.g., decisions on reissue oath or declaration, MPEP § 1444).

16. Requests for an extension of time under 37 CFR 1.136(b), (MPEP § 710.02(e)).

17. Reexamination proceedings (MPEP § 2236).

18. International Preliminary Examination Reports (MPEP § 1879).

19. Actions suggesting claims for interference purposes (MPEP §§ 2304.04, 2304.04(b)).

20. Suggesting an interference (MPEP § 2302).

21. Actions involving copied patent claims (MPEP § 2304.04(b).