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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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 is not supported by the specification. It can also refer to a description that an applicant tries to add to the specification that goes beyond the scope of the original […]

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CIP vs. Continuation: Which should you file?

CIP or Continuation: What are the differences? Both types of applications fall under the category of a continuing application. A continuing application is a separately filed application that is linked to a previously filed pending non-provisional application. By definition, the continuing application will have at least some of the original subject matter contained in the […]

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How to Add New Content After Filing Patent Application (CIP)

Can you add new content after filing a patent application? Yes, it is possible to add new content after filing a utility patent application. However, there is a catch. The new matter is not added in the way you might think. Procedurally, the new subject matter is added not to the first patent application that […]

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What are parent and child patent applications?

What is a parent application? A parent application is typically the first or prior nonprovisional patent application filed for an invention. A parent application may disclose multiple inventions. What is a child application? A child patent application is filed while a parent application is still pending (i.e., not issued or abandoned). By linking a child to a parent […]

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