To file an RCE or not?

When does an RCE matter? RCE stands for Request for Continued Examination. To file an RCE or not to file – this is a question that often arises in the context of responding to a final Office Action (FOA) in a utility patent application. An RCE would not be involved in design patent applications or […]

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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. Think of an after-final response as an alternative to an RCE that […]

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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 patentĀ 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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