Rule 1.53 Application [Patent] Law and Legal Definition

Rule 1.53 application or continued-prosecution application as used in patent law refers to a request to abandon a patent application after final rejection and reopen a new case with the same file wrapper as the parent application. Continued-prosecution is available only for applications filed before May 29, 2000. It was adopted to permit applicants to obtain further examination of an application. It is authorized by 37 CFR 1.53.