What happens if your patent is rejected?

Will your patent be rejected? Yes for utility, and probably not for design. Here are statistics on whether your patent will be rejected. A nonprovisional utility patent application has a roughly 90% probability of at least one rejection. A design patent application has an approximately 86% chance of approval. Basically, expect a utility patent application […]

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Smarter Office Action Response: File a CIP and skip OA?

What is a smarter way to respond to multiple Office Actions? If you haven’t figured it out already, you’ll soon learn that your utility nonprovisional patent will encounter rejections. Multiple Office Actions are common in utility patent applications. While it’s normal to respond to the first non-final Office Action, what do you do when you […]

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How to Review Office Action Response

How to Review a Draft Office Action Response Roughly 90% of utility patent applications will get rejected at least once. When it comes to utility patent applications, rejections come with the territory. The question is not if you get rejected, but when you get rejected. Expect at least one Office Action in your nonprovisional patent […]

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Patent Attorney Meeting: What questions to answer before first call

How to prepare for the first patent attorney meeting Efficient use of time is good for everyone. It’s good for both attorneys and clients. While we never want to discourage anyone from asking questions, coming prepared to an initial meeting with a patent attorney will lead to a more helpful discussion. Let’s cover some basic […]

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What is a patent application? What makes it good?

Do you need a design or utility patent application? Are you trying to protect the functionality or the appearance of your idea? If the appearance (how it looks) is what matters, then a design patent application may be the right type of patent application. If the unique features of your concept are functional or structural, […]

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What does a successful patent Office Action response look like?

What makes for a successful patent Office Action response? When it comes to responding to patent rejections, you have essentially two weapons. First, you can amend the claims. Second, you can argue against the claim rejections. A successful patent Office Action response typically involves a combination of claim amendments and technical arguments. This is a […]

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