37 CFR 41.45 Appeal forwarding fee
- (a) Timing. Appellant in an application or ex parte reexamination proceeding must pay the fee set forth in § 37 CFR 41.20(b)(4) within the later of two months from the date of either the examiner’s answer, or a decision refusing to grant a petition under § 1.181 of this chapter to designate a new ground of rejection in an examiner’s answer.
- (b) Failure to pay appeal forwarding fee. On failure to pay the fee set forth in § 37 CFR 41.20(b)(4) within the period specified in paragraph (a) of this section, the appeal will stand dismissed.
- (c) Extensions of time. Extensions of time under § 1.136(a) of this title for patent applications are not applicable to the time period set forth in this section. See § 1.136(b) of this title for extensions of time to reply for patent applications and § 1.550(c) of this title for extensions of time to reply for ex parte reexamination proceedings.
The examiner’s answer should provide notice that the appeal forwarding fee must be paid within the requisite time period or the appeal will stand dismissed. See form paragraphs 12.279 and 12.279.01. It is preferable that appellants pay this fee at the same time any reply brief is filed.
Effective March 19, 2013, the fee for filing an appeal brief in an application or ex parte reexamination was reduced to $0 and a new fee was added for forwarding the appeal to the Board after the mailing of an examiner’s answer. Failure to pay this appeal forwarding fee results in the dismissal of the appeal. In the event that appellant fails to timely pay the fee, the appeal is dismissed by rule and the examiner should proceed as indicated in MPEP § 1215 regardless of whether a separate paper is mailed dismissing the appeal. The requirement to pay the appeal forwarding fee is waived when the appeal brief fee was paid before March 19, 2013. As long as the waiver is in effect, applicants having paid the appeal brief fee before March 19, 2013 will not be required to pay the appeal forwarding fee.
The appeal forwarding fee does not apply to inter partes reexamination appeals.