Seattle, WA asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) and Intellectual Property

Q: I have a Masonry related Patent application that has been rejected and need a second opinion on if we should continue

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: It is not at all unusual to receive an initial rejection from an Examiner. The Examiner often want to push back a bit to help clarify the scope of the claims. But if you have been rejected repeatedly, it may be time for another set of eyes.

To provide a meaningful second opinion, it will take a bit of time. The new attorney will need to read the sequence of Office Actions and most likely the cited art. But the second set of eyes can be helpful. Sometimes the answer is to come at the invention through a different approach. This often means that you have to file a continuation application as the Examiner won't allow for a radical change to the claims as that means more work for the examiner.

I used to work as a laborer back in college supporting teams of masons and cement workers. I hope that you are able to obtain appropriate protection.

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