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1708.3 Deadline for Submitting a Request for Reconsideration

1708.3 Deadline for Submitting a Request for Reconsideration


A first request for reconsideration must be postmarked or dispatched by a commercial carrier, courier, or messenger no later than three months from the date that appears in the written notice from the Office of its decision to refuse registration. 37 C.F.R. § 202.5 (B) (3).


A second request for reconsideration must be postmarked or dispatched by a commercial carrier, courier, or messenger no later than three months from the date that appears in the written notice from the Office of its decision to uphold the refusal to register following the applicant’s first request for reconsideration. 37 C.F.R. § 202.5 (C) (3).


The Office will not consider a second request for reconsideration if the applicant failed to submit the first request in a timely manner.


If the deadline for submitting a first or second request falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, the deadline will be extended until the next federal work day. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.5 (B) (3), (C) (3).


The deadline for submitting a first or second request may be suspended or waived, in whole or in part, by the Register of Copyrights upon a showing of good cause. The request for a suspension or waiver should be made in writing, it should indicate whether the request involves a “FIRST” or “SECOND” request for reconsideration, and it should be sent to the address specified in Section 1708.2. A suspension or waiver may be granted only with respect to a specific request for reconsideration, and shall not be considered in connection with any other request from that applicant or any other applicant. See 37 C.F.R. § 202.5 (E).

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