Well, I've just had a reply from the US patents office....
Protests by a member of the public against pending applications will be
referred to the examiner having charge of the subject matter involved. A
protest specifically identifying the application to which the protest is
directed will be entered in the application file if: (1) The protest is
submitted prior to the mailing of a notice of allowance under rule 1.311;
and (2) The protest is either served upon the applicant in accordance with
rule 1.248, or filed with the Office in duplicate in the event service is
For more detailed information on protesting a patent, you may visit our Web
site at http://www.uspto.gov/main/patents.htm
for the Manual of Patent
Examining Procedures (MPEP).
If you have any further questions or if you require additional information,
please call the USPTO Contact Center at 1-800-786-9199 or (571) 272-1000
and reference the following Service Request number: 1-132889024
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