An Office Action Patent is written correspondence from the patent examiner requiring a written response from the applicant. The reply must be responsive to each ground of rejection and objection made by the examiner. Examples of Office actions include a Restriction Requirement, a Non-Final Office Action, and a Final Office Action. The response period ranges from 2 to 6 months failing which the application is held abandoned.
The examiner may reject the claim in the application if the disclosure cannot be understood or is incomplete, or if a reference or combination of references found in the prior art, shows the claimed design to be unpatentable. The examiner will then issue an Office action detailing the rejection and addressing the substantive matters which effect patentability.
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