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Helping explain patent office actions
January 3, 2014
About 18 months after a patent application is filed, the inventor’s attorney starts receiving “Office Actions” from the patent office. These documents are in complex legal language and usually involve the USPTO rejecting one or more of the patent’s claims on legal grounds (such as obviousness) when compared to items in the “Prior Art” earlier patents or other documents.
The inventor and the attorney must then huddle together and produce a response. Claims may be defended or their rejection accepted. Office actions can go on for a long time and cost a lot of money and time. It is important for the inventor to understand what is going on and what his/her options are. Attorneys often don’t have the time to do this explaining and in any case, it is both costly and confusing. We offer a “Second Opinion” to inventors as we did in the case of a company that had received a number of office actions and did not understand what they really meant or what their options were.