An examiner interview is the best tool available to progress patent prosecution. Examiner interviews provide an avenue to quickly clear up misunderstandings, explore options, and reach resolutions. By the time I left law firm life to work in-house, I was interviewing nearly every Office Action. Over the years, I refined a style that was very effective, so much so that a partner once asked me how I was getting such good results, but at the time, I could not articulate what exactly I was doing or why it worked. In retrospect, I was successful because I argued less and negotiated more.
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