Tag: final office action

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…

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…

What is an Advisory Action (AA)?

What is an Advisory Action? In response to a Final Office Action, an applicant has the option file an after-final response without a Request for…

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…

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…

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 patent Final Office Action is not really “final.” You will still have opportunities to…

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…

What is a Patent Office Action?

What is a patent Office Action? After waiting one to two years (or longer) from the filing date of your utility nonprovisional patent application, you…

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