Patent rejected: What happens next?

Will your patent be rejected? Almost certainly for a utility patent, and probably not for a design patent. 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, […]

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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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What are claim amendments?

What are patent claim amendments? Claim amendments are a natural part of the utility patent process. A typical utility nonprovisional patent application will receive at least one Office Action rejecting the claims. It is highly likely that your Office Action response will contain a combination of claim amendments and arguments in order to overcome the […]

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What are allowable claims?

What are allowed or allowable claims in a utility patent application? So, the examiner indicates that your utility patent application has allowable claims. Congratulations! The goal of filing a utility patent application is to get at least one patent with reasonably broad claims. If you have received a Notice of Allowance or Office Action identifying […]

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What is a patent rejection?

Has your utility patent application been rejected? If so, welcome to the club. Approximately 90% of utility patent applications will get rejected. Utility applications often receive multiple patent rejections. So do not be disappointed. Rejections are the norm for utility patents. This article will help clarify a patent rejection so that you can form an […]

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How does a patent extension of time work?

What is a patent extension of time? Responses to Office Actions may typically be extended. A typical patent Office Action provides the applicant with a three-month deadline for a response. Beyond three months, the applicant will need a patent extension of time. In most cases, an applicant may have up to six months from the […]

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