Patent Process Flow Chart Continued, Step 9 Detail

  • Step 9, USPTO
    • Conducts formalities reviews, notifies applicant of informalities and issues an Official Filing Receipt
    • Assigns Class/Subclass
    • Assigned to a Technology Center
    • Technology Center dockets case to examiner
    • Publishes the application under 35 USC 122(b) (for exceptions see MPEP 1120)
    • Examiner processes cases in their docket in filing date order
    • Conducts substantive examination of the application (sooner depending on Technology Center or if applying under Accelerated Examination)
    • Examiner notifies applicant via Office Action, First Action Interview
    • Examiner considers response from applicant
    • Determination to allow or issue final rejection of the application
    • Check Application Status