If I disagree with the USPTO's assessment in an office action, can I request a call with the examining attorney to discuss my concerns?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

Yes, you can request a call with the examining attorney to discuss issues and potential resolutions. This can be helpful in clarifying the USPTO's concerns and finding common ground.

You can request the call in written form when responding to the office action. Be sure to submit the response and the interview request simultaneously, and don't forget to include specific issues you'd like to discuss.

Keep in mind that while requesting an interview is an option, it's not guaranteed that the examining attorney will always grant it. They may determine that the issues have been adequately explained in the office action itself and can be addressed through written communication.

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