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What is the strength of the patent, if during re-examination all the independent claims get cancelled and only dependent claims are confirmed?

In the patent US7292151B2, many claims including independent claims have been cancelled during reexamination. However, patentability of corresponding dependent claims is still confirmed. In this case, ...
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Limit on number of “Office Actions”/Reasoned Communications at EPO?

There are two scenarios where I am unsure what the practical limit on the number of "Communications"/objections from an EPO examiner would be. However, I do realize that the annuity fee requirement ...
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Resubmitting an application

Is there any valid reason to resubmit an application that's had an unfavorable office action and abandoned several years earlier?
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Office Action response on Design patent application

I received a 1st OA on a design patent application. The examiner advised me to convert screws in the drawing to broken lines and add a broken line statement to the specification indicating I am not ...
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Non docketing of response to examiner

This refers to my application no 14/378346 with USPTO. After first RCE, Office action was mailed to me on 06 December, 2017. I sent response on 02 February, 2018 which was duly acknowledged. But the ...
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How would I go about abandoning this patent application?

I filed a patent application as a pro se inventor and I've now received an office action. Between the filing date of the application and now, I've discovered that I don't have a need for this patent ...
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In the attempt to address claim rejections, how much assistance can I get from the examiner who handled my application?

I have received a First Office Action, and this is a new experience for me. As many had advised and warned me to expect at this stage, the claims are rejected. The examiner's report appears to ...
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Examiner ignores inventor's arguments against his owns

Here is the situation: my patent has gone through several Office Actions (OA). In the first 2 Office Actions, the examiner found some legitimate arguments against my application and I have amended ...
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Are patent term adjustment granted automatically?

My understanding of patent term adjustments are validity extensions that arise from delays within the Patent Office itself is that they are calculated automatically with the possibility of a filer ...
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What does this sentence mean in an Office Action?

I recently received an Office Action from the USPTO containing the following sentence: Upon allowance of a generic claim, applicant will be entitled to consideration of claims to additional species ...
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Do I need to sign power of attorney to respond to office action?

We filed a patent. It was approved but then the office action was double patenting. To respond to this office action do I need to sign power of attorney? Is there data base for for patent lawyer ...
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How to handle uncooperative examiner

As a pro se inventor, my examiner seems to be taking advantage of my supposed ignorance. He understands neither my invention, his own references, nor the law. To my first amendment, he flagged up ...
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Reply to office action scope

If you reply to office action does the same rules apply as in normal amendments? That is: That is you may not amend beyond the scope of the original body of the specification. You may not amend ...
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Can a device claim be amended to a method after an office action?

Is it possible to amend a product/device claim to a method claim after receiving an office action? Where is this discussed in MPEP?