New patent examination initiative in the US helps applicants deal with ‘tricky’ patent examiners

Sometimes, patent examiners can be a little stubborn.  And, let’s be honest, patent applicants are no better.  What that means is that sometimes examination can get bogged down in an unfortunate stalemate.  Traditionally, the favoured approach for resolving such a situation involves a lengthy (and often costly) formal appeal process. On 11 July 2016, the