Prior Art from Related Application

Posted Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Jim Ruttler.

When prosecuting two or more applications with the Patent Office, such as divisionals, continuations, or continuation-in-part applications, there will invariably be different art cited during examination of each of the applications, especially when there is a different examiner handling each of the applications. While one would assume that each of the examiners were aware of the other art cited in related applications, this is unfortunately not always the case. Accordingly, it is required that art cited in one case be submitted for consideration in all other related cases through individual information disclosure statements.

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