Step 6
Respond to the USPTO office action. Once the examiner reviews the patent application, the examiner sends out an office action stating the findings of the examination. In this action, the examiner may issue a notice of allowance, or respond with objections and rejections. Objections are issues the examiner has identified that must be corrected prior to the issuance of the application. Rejections are the examiner’s basis for denying the patent application. The applicant has one opportunity to respond to the stated objections and rejections. The response can make changes to the application, and can argue that the rejections are inappropriate. No new matter may be added to the specification but clarifications can be made. In addition, claims can be added, edited or deleted where necessary.

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