What is the deadline for responding to an office action?

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Written by Jan Buza

Co-founder of Trama

The deadline for responding to an office action varies depending on the specific intellectual property office. For instance:

  • In the USA, you will have 3 months to respond, with an option to request an additional 3-month extension.
  • In the UK, the initial response time is 2 months, and you may request a 4-month extension.
  • In the EU, you have an initial 2-month response period, with the possibility of requesting a 2-month extension.

It's important to note that extensions are not automatically granted. To request an extension, you must do so within the original time frame and provide a valid reason, which will be evaluated by the respective intellectual property office.

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