No one wants to face a examiner objections during their patent application process, especially when filing multiple applications in different countries. Their objections slow down or halts a patent application from being granted. This is when MU Patents comes in - our experience will help to reduce patent prosecution costs during this process.
Fighting a battle with Examiners in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously can be frustrating and, above all, expensive. PCT applications delay prosecution until the 30-month deadline, and then many of the national phase applications enter national phase at the same time, and office actions can be repetitive across jurisdictions. The same objection appears first in one country, and even if that objection is overcome in that particular country it will reappear in another country. Repetition like this, through iterations of office actions, is frustrating and wasteful.
One weird tip for eliminating much of the examinar repetition, and in turn, reduce patent prosecution costs, is to file a US patent at the same time as the PCT. This will mean the examination commences in the US immediately. Often it is possible to receive a granted US patent by the National Entry deadline, which allows those National Phase applications to be filed with claims substantially similar to the allowed US claims. This avoids citation of the same art, and reduces the cost and complexity of National Phase prosecution considerably. The process may further be sped along, where applicable, by the judicious use of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program. We will cover the details of this program in an upcoming blog post.