RESTRICTION PRACTICE III

Introduction I have previously addressed aspects of the “puzzling topic” of restriction practice.  See Restriction Requirements I and Restriction II MPEP §806.5 pertains to combinations of embodiments such as an apparatus and method of utilizing the apparatus. Alternatively, it may pertain to a process and a method for practicing the process. The section also pertains…

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RESTRICTION REQUIREMENTS I

I’VE FILED MY APPLICATION, WHY CAN’T THEY TELL ME IF IT’S PATENTABLE? Summary A patent applicant’s first communication from the  USPTO patent examiner may be a notice for Restriction Requirements.  The Restriction Requirements requires the applicant to choose among different application claims in order to proceed with examination. Background Typically, a patent application is filed…

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