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Examiner's search for prior art. Does it include non-published applications and patents younger than the priority date?

I have two questions regarding the functioning of the patent application examination process. Hopefully someone can shed some light. If a patent application has been filed but not yet published, ...
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What to do when the examiner does not follow the rules

The examiner of one of the patent applications that I am prosecuting is not following the rules. First, he ignored a request for a preliminary interview. Then he made unwarranted objections, first ...
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Claims - When is it a good idea to let the Patent Examiner make one for you?

I heard you can request the examiner formulate one claim for you. When is this a good idea? If the goal of a patent is to merely document the existence of some novelty without trying to claim the ...
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Are the patent examiner's notes available?

In Harold Urey's patent #2,690,379, Google Patents says that the patent examiner added a citation, but the patent itself doesn't say that. If I want to read the patent examiner's notes (assuming it's ...
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Prior art shared with the USPTO

The USPTO started allowing the public to submit prior art just last year. How will the public know if prior art that is submitted through the third party submission system was used to reject a patent ...