Terms and Concepts

Order Granting or Denying

An order granting reexamination indicates that one or more claims of a U.S. Patent will be reexamined because the request has established the existence of at least one SNQ based upon prior patents and/or printed publications [MPEP 2247.01].  An order granting reexamination is not a determination of claim patentability.

An order denying reexamination is also not a determination of claim patentability.  An order denying reexamination of any of the claims of a U.S. Patent occurs when the Office has determined that no SNQ has been established in the request for reexamination [MPEP 2247.01].