Evaluate the next USPTO office action. Once the examiner receives the applicant’s reply, the examiner will evaluate the reply and issue a new office action. Again, the examiner may state that the application is ready for issuance. If the examiner has new objections or rejections, these will need to be replied to. If the examiner does not have new objections or rejections, the examiner will issue a final rejection. At this point the applicant will need to decide some sort of continued examination of the application or an appeal.
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