Patent Applications

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

What is a smarter way to respond to multiple Office Actions in your patent application? If you haven’t figured it out already, you’ll soon learn…

How to File a Continuation Application: When is the continuation deadline?

When must a continuation application be filed? Known as a child application, a continuation must be filed while the parent application is still pending. A…

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…

How many patent Office Actions can you get? Is there a limit to patent rejections?

How many patent Office Actions are possible? Unfortunately, there are no limits to how many patent Office Actions (OA) an Examiner can issue. Multiple Office…

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…

What is a Notice of Allowance? How do you get a patent application approved?

What is a Notice of Allowance in a patent application? A Notice of Allowance (NOA) is a USPTO document indicating that a patent application has…

How To Know If A Patent Application Is Good

Do you need a design or utility patent application? At the outset, you will not be able to tell whether your patent application is any…

Patent application attorney vs. patent litigation lawyer: What are the differences?

What is a patent application attorney (patent prosecutor) versus a patent litigator? Patent practitioners generally fall under one of two practice areas: 1) patent litigation,…

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…

How long is the utility patent wait time for a first review?

What is the average wait time for an examiner to begin review your utility patent application? Experienced utility patent filers know something that might be…

What are your options after an unfavorable patent appeal decision?

Unfavorable Patent Appeal Decision An ex parte patent appeal decision by the PTAB that affirms an examiner’s rejections can seem like the end of the…

What is new matter?

What is the meaning of new matter in patent applications? New matter in a patent application typically refers to something recited in the claims that…

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