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Rejected Patent Applications

The United States Patent and Trademark Office will have a Patent Examiner examine a patent application. This usually occurs some time after a patent application is filed. In some cases, all claims will be allowed and the patent is essentially ready to be issued. Typically, however, one or more claims are objected to or rejected. Other objections may also be made with regard to the written specification, drawings, and/or abstract.

A rejection from the Patent Office requires careful review, even if all claims are rejected in a first, or even a final, office action. To avoid abandonment, it is important not to delay in seeking review and replying to the office action.

Even if all claims have been rejected, this firm is available to provide assessment of the application and rejection. Depending on the circumstances, a variety of strategies to overcome the rejection may be offered. If you have a pending patent application and are not represented, feel free to contact this firm to schedule a consultation.