I have come across a patent that was granted 9 months + 10 days ago, the patent is very obvious but it was somewhat restricted in its implementation. I have now seen that the inventor filed another patent based on this one, in which he broadens the original patent implementation. The new patent got a final rejection, but now the applicant initiated interview summary which means he is going to continue the patent application. I have a few question:
- Since the timeline is 9 months +10 days, PGR is out of the question? (for the original patent)
- Can I file a third party preissuance, if it got a "final rejection"? does the process of patent "restarts" in someway?
- Does anyone of my actions on the "continued" patent can affect in someway on the original patent?
Thank you, and forgive my language as English is not my native language