What are the implications of insufficient prior art? Beyond vaguely being aware that it somehow reduces the chances of finally getting a patent grant, I am unclear as to what are the specific implications, and the implications on the examination process.
I have broken this down into a few questions.
Will the examiner typically perform a wider search of their own if they feel the attached prior art references are too little or too much outside the core prior art that would seem to match the topic(s) of the invention?
Will the USPTO examiner ask for more prior art?
Will it cause more iterations with the USPTO, that result in more payments to the USPTO or any significant potential for long waits.
Will the examiner simply deny the application on the basis of 'insufficient prior art'?
Will it somehow work against the people filing the patent application beyond the scope of the patent application consideration? such as, affecting other applications by the same people, or the right to submit more parallel applications.
Can it be considered a violation of any commitment made by the people filing the patent, or an invalidation of any statement (signed or otherwise) they need to make during the application and examination process?