As a practical matter, is it better to use the same docket number with electronic filings for CIPs of a parent application, or different ones?


A docket number is just a way for someone who files many many applications to refer to them in their own database. Some practitioners might use the number if the parent with “-CIP” appended. A docket number might be a meaningless serialized number or might have the applicant’s last name or company name - or anything else or just be blank.

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