Terms and Concepts

Right of Appeal Notice (RAN)

After considering any patent owner response to an ACP, and any third party requester written comments thereto, or the expiration of the time for patent owner to file a response and no response has been filed, the examiner will either re-open prosecution if necessary, or issue a Right of Appeal Notice (RAN).  The RAN sets time periods in which the parties may appeal to the BPAI.  The RAN also closes prosecution.  Any amendment filed after a RAN will not be entered [MPEP 2673.02].  It is possible for the Office to issue a RAN after a patent owner responds to the initial Office action on patentability if both parties stipulate that the issues are appropriate for a final rejection and or a final patentability determination.