37 CFR 41.56 - Sanctions.

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§ 41.56 Sanctions.
(a) Imposition of sanctions. The Chief Administrative Patent Judge or an expanded panel of the Board may impose a sanction against an appellant for misconduct, including:
(1) Failure to comply with an order entered in the appeal or an applicable rule.
(2) Advancing or maintaining a misleading or frivolous request for relief or argument.
(3) Engaging in dilatory tactics.
(b) Nature of sanction. Sanctions may include entry of:
(1) An order declining to enter a docket notice.
(2) An order holding certain facts to have been established in the appeal.
(3) An order expunging a paper or precluding an appellant from filing a paper.
(4) An order precluding an appellant from presenting or contesting a particular issue.
(5) An order excluding evidence.
(6) [Reserved]
(7) An order holding an application on appeal to be abandoned or a reexamination proceeding terminated.
(8) An order dismissing an appeal.
(9) An order denying an oral hearing.
(10) An order terminating an oral hearing.
Effective Date Note:
73 FR 32977, June 10, 2008, § 41.56 was added, effective Dec. 10, 2008. Per a subsequent rule published at 73 FR 74972, Dec. 10, 2008, the effective date of this rule was delayed indefinitely.
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Title 37 published on 2014-07-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 37 CFR Part 41 after this date.

  • 2015-04-02; vol. 80 # 63 - Thursday, April 2, 2015
    1. 80 FR 17918 - Changes To Implement the Hague Agreement Concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs
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      DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, United States Patent and Trademark Office
      Final rule.
      Effective date: The changes in this final rule take effect on May 13, 2015. Applicability date: The changes to 37 CFR 1.32, 1.46, 1.63, 1.76, and 1.175 in this final rule apply only to patent applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111, 363, or 385 on or after September 16, 2012. The changes to 37 CFR 1.53(b) and (c) and 1.57(a)(4) in this final rule apply only to patent applications filed under 35 U.S.C. 111 on or after December 18, 2013.
      37 CFR Parts 1, 3, 5, 11, and 41