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Are non-final office actions publicly searchable? If an attorney claims they receive an office action, is there anyway the client may find the letter of the non-final action the attorney received by searching the patent application number without asking the attorney for an original copy of the non-final office action the attorney received?

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  • Findable but not necessarily searchable, as by by keyword for example.
    – George White
    Aug 12, 2022 at 13:57
  • Same answer for both non-final and final office actions and all other written back-and-forth between the applicant and the office.
    – George White
    Aug 12, 2022 at 20:18

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When the register of the patent office is public, yes, you can, but only once the patent application is public. For example, for the USPTO, you just need to browse the files of your case in the Patent Center. For the EPO, you have the European Patent Register, and so on for other patent offices.

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  • And it generally becomes public at the 18 month point when the application is published.
    – George White
    Aug 13, 2022 at 2:53

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