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Name one advantage a CPA has compared to a continuation or divisional application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(b).
A CPA has a number of advantages compared to a continuation or divisional application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(b).
- For example, the papers required to be filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in order to secure a filing date under 37 CFR 1.53(d) are minimal compared to 37 CFR 1.53(b).
- In addition, the Office will not normally issue a new filing receipt for a CPA. See 37 CFR 1.54(b).
- The time delay between the filing date and the first Office action should be less for a CPA than for an application filed under 37 CFR 1.53(b).
The answer to this question can be found in chapter 200 of the MPEP. This chapter covers Types, Cross-Noting, and Status of Application.
The answer is from the 9th Edition, Revision 10.2019. Depending on future changes to the MPEP, the question and answer may or may not be applicable in later Editions or revisions.
This question and answer come from section 201.06(d) of the MPEP. The following is a brief summary of section 201.06(d).
201.06(d) 37 CFR 1.53(d) Continued Prosecution Application (CPA) Practice
This section discusses 37 C.F.R. 1.53(d), CPA practice in detail. CPA practice is not allowed for utility and plant applications, only design applications. CPA’s are treated as amended applications as of the filing date of the CPA.
This section covers conditions for filing CPA’s, signature requirements, filing date details, small entity/microentity status, extensions of time, inventorship, and examination of CPA’s including the benefit of earlier filing date, terminal disclaimers, prior election, information disclosure statements and preliminary amendments, copies of affidavits, and public access to CPA’s.