A Look At The Results Of USPTO's Interview Program

Law360, New York (January 9, 2014, 6:22 PM EST) -- Prosecution of a patent application revolves around the written word. Patenting prospects hinge upon what text is in an application, in a claim and in a reference. Further, interpretations of references, what would have been obvious and claims’ meanings are typically also conveyed during prosecution in writing: Examiners reject claims in written office actions, and applicants respond in written responses.

That said, applicants are afforded the opportunity to speak with their examiners in an interview. Anecdotal accounts indicate that such interviews can assist in identifying and...
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