What is an Advisory Action (AA)?

What is an Advisory Action? An Advisory Action may be issued only in the context of responding to a Final Office Action. It usually comes up when an applicant files an after-final response (i.e., without a Request for Continued Examination). Why do examiners issue Advisory Actions? If such an after-final response does not place the […]

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What is an After-Final Response?

What is an after-final response? An after-final response refers to a reply to a Final Office Action that is filed without a Request for Continued Examination (RCE). After-final responses should be used judiciously depending upon the specific circumstances of a particular patent application. It may help to think of an after-final response as an alternative […]

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Is a Final Office Action really “final”?

How final is a Final Office Action? Don’t freak out if you’ve received a Final Office Action (FOA) in your patent application. It does not mean the end of the road for your patent application. If a Final Office Action has been issued in your patent application, I recommend that you sit down with your […]

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What is a Request for Continued Examination (RCE) and when do you need it?

What is a Request for Continued Examination (RCE)? We’ve discussed how a patent Final Office Action is not really “final” in the sense that the applicant will still have opportunities to file further responses. Since a Final Office Action limits the available options for a response, an applicant may have to resort to a Request for […]

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What is a Patent Office Action?

What is a patent Office Action? After waiting one to two years (or longer) from your filing date to hear back from the USPTO, you finally receive a letter from the patent examiner assigned to your utility non-provisional patent application. This letter, called an “Office Action,” contains the examiner’s initial determination of the allowability of your patent application. […]

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