Patent Terms Glossary
Non-final Office Action (rejection)
An Office action letter that raises new issues and usually is the first phase of the examination process. An examining attorney will issue a non-final Office action after reviewing the application for the first time.
A copy of an international application filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty maintained by the receiving Office where the international application was filed.
Terms that the relevant purchasing public understands primarily as the common or class name for the goods or services.
A country or intergovernmental organization that is a member of the Madrid Protocol.
Legal Instruments Examiner - a position classification for USPTO employees charged with docketing cases and other administrative processing that support the workflow and examination of applications.
Patents are classified (organized) in the U.S. by a system using a 3 digit class and a 3 digit subclass to describe every similar grouping of patent art.
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