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 is not the end of the road. If a Final Office Action has been issued, analyze the rejection from two distinct angles: Substance of the rejections; and Procedure for responding. By dividing […]

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What is the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP request)?

What is an AFCP request? The After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) Program 2.0 is a continuing effort by the USPTO to streamline responses to Final Office Action rejections. AFCP 2.0 authorizes additional time for the examiner to search prior art and consider an after-final response. An AFCP request might make under certain circumstances. Much will […]

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