A rejection of a claim that occurs on the second or any subsequent examination of its patentability. After the final rejection of a claim occurs, the only recourses of an applicant are to argue that the final rejection was premature, to appeal the rejection or to amend the claim in accordance with any suggestion of the Examiner. The Examiner may allow the applicant to place the claim in better form for appeal. One interview with the Examiner will be allowed, if in the judgment of the Examiner, circumstances warrent the interview. See Rejection. MPEP 706.07, MPEP 706.07(a).
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