USPTO's Final Rejection Of A Patent Isn't So Final
September 5, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT
Law360, New York (September 5, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT) -- A final U.S. Patent and Trademark Office action rejecting a patent application may appear to sound the death knell for your company’s patent application. Fortunately, in patent prosecution, as with many mistakes in life, “final” does not really mean “final” — you still have opportunities to “make amends” and overcome the problem in various ways.
A final action is usually the second action on the merits that an applicant receives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A patent examiner may issue such a final action...