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They certainly don't have to help you, but as far as I know they might. I heard that as an inventor without attorney calling an examiner ans asking nicely for some discussion can lead to good results. But it depends on the examiner and the interpersonal dynamics. My guess is that you could try asking what claim combinations the examiner thinks have a chance, ...


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First, call the supervisor (SPE). His/her name and number should be listed at the end of each office action. Most likely the SPE will set up an interview with you, the examiner and the SPE. During the interview you can try to argue your point, but if that is not immediately fruitful, let me suggest another approach: Try hard to understand precisely what ...


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As a pro se inventor, my examiner seems to be taking advantage of my supposed ignorance. False. You are most likely not being singled out because you are a pro se applicant. Examiners are after “counts” (work credit), and the easiest way for Examiners to earn counts is to reject. They also earn counts when they allow, but if they allow bad applications, ...


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Your question should not be when will it be forwarded to the examiner but if there is any bureaucratic reason why it might not be considered as a properly submitted responsive document as of the date you uploaded it. A properly submitted response stops the clock. It doesn't matter if it is held up being forwarded to the examimer. Call or otherwise contact ...


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The USPTO MPEP manual explains patent office procedure. This section is titled - 37 CFR 1.121 Manner of making amendments in application. You will need to study this and follow the required formalities. It explains that new drawing sheets need to labeled REPLACEMENT SHEET in the upper margin and how to show where in the specification you are adding the ...


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You need not do anything. It will become abandoned by your failure to reply in time (37 CFR 1.135(a)). Nevertheless, if you want, you can expressly abandon your application by filing a letter to this effect (37 CFR 1.138). However, if you do this, there's little chance of reviving it later. It would therefore be a pretty rare case that this is a good idea, ...


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A claim that survived reexamination is stronger afterwards than it was before. By definition, a claim that was originally dependent is narrower than the original independent claim. After reexamination the former dependent claim would be re-written in independent form. In general, the patent would cover a narrower territory, but be somewhat strengthened in ...


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It is a practice of Patent office to give a provisional Non-statuary double patent rejection based on continuation of prior granted/ pending application, if the claims are not substantially different from those of the prior application. In order for a reply to an Office Action that includes a provisional non-statutory double patenting rejection to be ...


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As to your second point: https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/html/guidelines/e/h_ii_6_2.htm If amended claims are directed to subject-matter which has not been searched because it only appeared in the description (and the search division did not find it appropriate to extend the search to this subject-matter, see B‑III, 3.5) and which does not ...


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One option is to call to the examiner. Under "Conclusions" of the Office Action you should find examiner's contact number.


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The specification, and not the original claims limit the available subject matter of amended claims. Therefore, new claims may be submitted as long as (per above) no new matter is introduced.


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Yes, claim amendment is allowed during an Office Action as long as the amended claim language fits within the original disclosure and background. The information you are looking for is in MPEP Chapter 0700 (Section 714) 37 C.F.R. 1.121 Manner of making amendments in application, under item (c) Claims.


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I've got almost 200 issued patents and my experience is that the USPTO automatically calculates the patent term adjustment, but it is worth double checking the calculation, making sure they got it right. For questions like this, you can always google "patent term adjustment MPEP". The MPEP is basically the rulebook for patent examiners. In this case, it ...


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Please read http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/s809.html (scroll down to the section titled "Present") Also look at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/mpep-9020-appx-r.html#d0e324081 (go to Section 1.141 Different inventions in one national application) I won't go into what is already on those pages, but essentially, the USPTO is saying ...


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Is there database for for patent lawyer customer numbers in US? I don't believe so. Patent practitioners have a registration number which is publicly searchable at the USPTO (as you have found). However, I do not believe there is any way to search by customer number. An an aside, the customer number is used to appoint a firm of attorneys to act for you, ...


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