Examination of a Patent Application
To be patentable, the
subject matter must be both new and nonobvious in comparison to what is
All patent applications
(unless provisional) undergo a serious examination by a USPTO patent
This examination includes a search and initial determination on
whether the subject matter, as defined in the claims, meets the new and nonobvious
Examiner's initial rejections of
claims are embodied in an Office Action ("Action").
A professional response to
claim rejections is typically a combination of claim amendments and arguments on
the law as applied to the case's specific facts.
A professional application
preparation incorporates the support and fall-back positions for such
claim amendments and arguments.
Actions also include any other
objections - typically routine and/or minor if application was professionally
No one can guarantee that a
meaningful patent will ever issue.
The odds of obtaining
meaning patent protection increase with the skill and
experience of the attorney you select.
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