37 CFR § 42.2 - Definitions.
The following definitions apply to this part:
Business day means a day other than a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal holiday within the District of Columbia.
Confidential information means trade secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial information.
Final means final for the purpose of judicial review to the extent available. A decision is final only if it disposes of all necessary issues with regard to the party seeking judicial review, and does not indicate that further action is required.
Hearing means consideration of the trial.
Involved means an application, patent, or claim that is the subject of the proceeding.
Motion means a request for relief other than by petition.
Office means the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Panel means at least three members of the Board.
Petition is a request that a trial be instituted.
Rehearing means reconsideration.
Trial means a contested case instituted by the Board based upon a petition. A trial begins with a written decision notifying the petitioner and patent owner of the institution of the trial. The term trial specifically includes a derivation proceeding under 35 U.S.C. 135; an inter partes review under Chapter 31 of title 35, United States Code; a post-grant review under Chapter 32 of title 35, United States Code; and a transitional business-method review under section 18 of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Patent interferences are administered under part 41 and not under part 42 of this title, and therefore are not trials.
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