How does the USPTO get prior art?

How do USPTO patent examiners get prior art? When examining patent applications, USPTO examiners get relevant prior art through two primary means: the patent examiner searches the prior art; and relevant prior art is submitted for the examiner’s consideration. The active approach of the examiner searching prior art is straightforward and no different than what […]

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What is a Patent Examiner’s Amendment?

What is a Patent Examiner’s Amendment? I love Examiner’s Amendments. Not only is the patent examiner willing to allow a patent application, the examiner is taking the initiative to amend the application in order to get it allowed. Agreeing to an Examiner’s Amendment is more expeditious than filing your own amendment because you save the […]

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Why conduct patent examiner interviews?

What is a patent examiner interview? A simple truth is often overlooked in the back-and-forth written communications with the USPTO: patent examiners are human. An examiner interview is a conversation between your attorney and the USPTO examiner reviewing your application. While the interview might take place in person, the discussion typically occurs over the telephone or […]

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