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Q126. Shin-Jin (questioning/interrogation by an appeal board)

Q126. Shin-Jin (questioning/interrogation by an appeal board)
 What is Shin-Jin (questioning/interrogation by an appeal board)? Sometimes a paper titled such may be sent from the JPO in an appeal.

A126. Generally, Shin-Jin means given opportunity of making a statement individually to the party concerned by an appeal board. In a case of an appeal against Examiner’s decision of rejection, Shin-Jin is often sent to an appellant to confirm his will whether the case shall proceed further or not when an Examiner have made a negative report in the reconsideration. Replying to this is not a duty but strongly recommended, because appeal examiners might consider the appellant have lost his will to proceed further.