What to expect from an examiner-initiated interview

From: Canadian Intellectual Property Office

Note: An examiner may only initiate an interview with the authorized correspondent of the patent application under examination. The authorized correspondent may either be the appointed patent agent or the inventor(s), in the case where no patent agent has been appointed.

An examiner may contact the authorized correspondent by phone for any situation in which it is likely to advance prosecution. These situations include, but are not limited to, requesting submission of a voluntary amendment to correct a minor defect in the application; clarifying/discussing correspondence received from the applicant in response to the examiner's office action; requesting pages that are missing from either the application or response; or any time the examiner deems it beneficial to call.

During the phone interview, the authorized correspondent should expect that:

Following the phone interview:

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