Posts Tagged: examination process


Understanding the Patent Process: Rejections vs. Objections

The refusal to grant claims because the subject matter as claimed is considered unpatentable is called a “rejection.” The term “rejected” is used by the patent examiner …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 1

What is the point of examination if patents are not presumed valid?

If you get a patent that won’t make anyone any money, including yourself, the government seems perfectly willing to presume that your worthless patent is valid. …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 74

An Ex-insider’s Perspective of the USPTO Special Applications Warning System (SAWS)

This was the SAWS program; an oversight procedure for bringing information to the attention of management. It was designed, by intention, to cast a broad and sweeping …

Secret Examination Procedures at the USPTO: My Experience with SAWS

The patent examiner stated that, when he had tried to allow the patent application, the USPTO system returned a thread – “SAWS case – cannot be allowed.” The application …
By Devon Rolf
5 years ago 62

High Value Patents – Where Strength Meets Quality

The terms patent strength and patent quality get used frequently within the industry, but what do they really mean? To a large extent the meaning of the …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 6

An Overview of the U.S. Patent Process

The first time you will substantively hear from the examiner is when the examiner issues what is referred to as a First Office Action on the Merits (…
By Gene Quinn
6 years ago 2

Confessions of the Borat Applying Patent Examiner

Yes, it was I. The former Borat applying patent examiner turned law student. See Prior Borat: Non-traditional Prior Art Rejections! If nothing other than offering comic relief, …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 27