Sagacious IP’s Office Action solutions are designed to overcome the objections or rejections raised by the Patent Examiner according to Patent office rules and guidelines while keeping in mind the business impact(s) of the arguments presented in the response to the office action. We have substantial experience in responding to various objections/rejections including USC 112, USC 101, USC 102, and USC 103.
Office action refers to the written document issued by the UPSTO to highlight the examiner’s review of a patent application. An office action includes information about whether the patent claims are allowable or not. In most cases, the office action highlights claim rejections.
Once a regular patent application is filed, the applicant can expect office action from the USPTO within 24 months. On the other hand, an applicant may take nearly six months to respond to it.
When an office action highlights issues with a patent application, the applicant needs to file an appropriate office action response addressing each concern or ground of claim rejection. The applicant should determine the due date to respond to the office action, identify the types of issues raised by the examiner, and file an appropriate response.
When an applicant receives a final office action, it means that the application has faced rejections twice and the examiner is determined to maintain the reasons for rejections. Therefore, while responding to the final office action, either the applicant needs to persuade the examiner with amendments or arguments or take action that keeps the prosecution process going.
Even though it is a final office action, it does not mean that it is the end of the patent journey. The final office action response with the help of experts can result in a valid and enforceable patent.
An office action can be issued on various grounds. Some of them are: