Non-final office action

An Office action that raises issues with your application, usually in the first phase of the examination process, or new issues that occur during the examination process. An examining attorney will send a non-final Office action after he or she reviews the application for the first time.

If applicant’s response to this first non-final Office action raises a new issue, the examining attorney will send another non-final Office action that states the new issue(s) and continues any that remain outstanding. Applicants must respond to all issues in a non-final Office action within six months from the date it is sent to avoid abandonment of the application.