Usa, New Substantial Question

Usa, New Substantial Question

The United States Patent and Trademark Office revised section 2240 of the Manual of Patent Examination Procedure (MPEP) in May 2004. Under the new policy “the new substantial new question (SNQ) for a second or subsequent request for reexamination must be new and different than any SNQ that was raised, or existed, during any prior pending or concluded reexamination proceeding for the patent”.