What Happens After Filing A Regular Patent Application?

What Happens After Filing A Regular Patent Application?

After filing a regular patent application, the U.S. Patent Office examines the patent application and either issue an Office Actions or a Notice of Allowance. While a Notice of Allowance would be nice, it is rare that the Examiner will issue a Notice of Allowance after the first examination. It’s more likely that you will get an Office Action.
In the Office Action, the Examiner may reject the claims in the patent application, or reject a portion of the claims in the patent application and indicate those portions which may be allowable. You have an opportunity to respond to the Office Action. Typically, you will have 3 months in which to file a formal written Response. You can typically buy extensions of time for an additional 3 months (for a total of 6 months to file a Response). Failure to file a Response within the allotted time will result in your patent application going abandoned.

If you are in need of assistance or have questions about filing a patent application in Colorado or anywhere in the USA please do not hesitate to contact patent attorney (Denver) Mark Trenner via our contact page.

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