is a patent attorney at Womble Carlyle‘s Raleigh, NC office. She has particular experience guiding tech industry clients. Lauren helps clients prepare and prosecute both domestic and foreign patents in such sectors as medical devices, aviation systems, aerospace and defense components, postal processing, industrial products, computer hardware, software, telecommunications, computer networking, and imaging technologies. She also counsels clients on freedom-to-operate issues, as well as validity and infringement analyses.
Interactions between patent examiners and patent practitioners are often tense. At worst, these interactions can be an exercise in restraint with both parties thinly veiling their disdain for one another. This adversarial approach can stall prosecution and run adverse to the practitioner’s purpose – i.e., to obtain the best patent claim scope possible for his or her client. Patent practitioners thus could benefit in many instances by having a better understanding of an examiner’s expectations and approaching prosecution with a mind toward working with the examiner instead of against the examiner. A conversation with an Examiner in a mechanical art unit provided the following tips for how practitioners may expedite the examination process by working (to the extent possible) within the examiner’s expectations.