Anatomy of an Office Action: Reduce Client Costs with LexisNexis PatentOptimizer®
Office Action Anatomy
Examiner Office Actions can contain all sorts of rejections and objections that range from “minor setback” to “significant action needed.” When the USPTO issues rejections, it is because a patent falls short of patent law standards. Objections, by comparison, are issued when a patent application’s denial is based on technicalities. Most office actions contain a mix of rejections and objections. Some of them are avoidable and can depend on the actions of patent practitioners who have the goal to reduce client costs. Legal fees associated with an office action response can cost patent applicants $3,000. Office actions also cause considerable delays that result from the time it takes for patent examiners to craft their arguments, for patent practitioners to communicate those arguments to their client, and to produce a sufficient rebuttal of the examiner’s opinions.
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PatentOptimizer® and Avoidable Office Actions
Outside of drafting comprehensive and accurate invention descriptions, patent professionals have little influence over whether they receive rejections based on an invention’s lack of novelty or obviousness, which are both dependent mostly upon an examiner’s interpretation of then-current prior art and less upon the patent filer’s actions. Objections and rejections based on indefiniteness or a lack of antecedent, on the other hand, directly relate to how a patent application was drafted. Patent professionals can therefore avoid many rejections and objections with careful drafting and meticulous pre-filing patent application reviews which will help to reduce client costs.
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Reduce Client Costs
It takes a fair amount of time for patent professionals to manually conduct thorough pre-filing patent reviews, which means it often costs more money up front than clients are willing to pay. As a result, clients often face the consequences and experience the disappointments that result from receiving avoidable office actions. The PatentOptimizer patent claim analysis and patent writing tool provides a solution that addresses the costs of up-front manual reviews while also helping to avoid many rejections and objections. The PatentOptimizer patent drafting tool seamlessly integrates with Microsoft® Word and Adobe® Acrobat® platforms, and allows users to run near-instantaneous analyses of patent documents. PatentOptimizer users have the power to quickly identify and correct mistakes to avoid office actions and reduce client costs.
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