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Title: How can I file thee, PCT? Let me count the ways!

Bruce Young, bruce@youngspatentservices.com

There are many different decisions that must be made as a part of filing a PCT application. This blog article will outline some of the decisions that you will need to make in determining how to file a PCT application for your client, and discuss some of the options that may be available to you. Many of the issues raised here are too complex to completely cover in a blog article. Other resources, such as the PCT rules themselves (http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/texts/rules/), courses from the PCT Learning Center (http://pctlearningcenter.org/), and the PCT Applicant’s Guide (http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/appguide/index.jsp), as well as our very own NAPP member’s forum, can be helpful in determining answers to specific questions.

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Title: Avoiding a First-Action Final Office Action - May 14, 2018

Avoiding a First-Action Final Office Action


 

There is a natural rhythm to patent prosecution, from non-final, to amendment, to final, to RCE, but that rhythm can be disrupted by an aggressive patent examiner. While the patent practitioner generally expects a new non-final Office Action after filing an RCE or continuing application, a first-action Final Office Action can sometimes result. This cuts off many of the applicant’s options for advancing prosecution and there are few events in patent prosecution that are more frustrating.

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Title: Are Patents Beneficial? - April 12th 2018

Are Patents Beneficial?


 

So, let's say you're at a family gathering and one of your acquaintances, upon finding out that you're a patent prosecutor, looks at you thoughtfully and says "Is it a good thing for ideas to be owned? Why is the government even in the business of granting monopolies?"

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