37 CFR § 41.102 - Completion of examination.
§ 41.102 Completion of examination.
Before a contested case is initiated, except as the Board may otherwise authorize, for each involved application and patent:
(a) Examination or reexamination must be completed, and
(b) There must be at least one claim that:
(1) Is patentable but for a judgment in the contested case, and
(2) Would be involved in the contested case.