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No. A rejection on any claim can be made final after it’s gone through two “rounds,” i.e., the attorney has argued it twice (more or less). Most non-final rejections also address all the claims. There isn’t really a difference in degree or “finality” between a “non-final” and “final” rejection, despite the name! Just pay a fee for a continuation and you can argue your final rejection again.



Seems like the USPTO could use a patent for implementing exponential backoff and double the fee every time it comes back.


The fee would have to increase exponentially, and that still probably wouldn't work.


You know double is exponential right?


Ugh no need to downvote him, just wanted to make sure his mental model was in check. Exponential growth is a life skill a lot of the population lacks.


Like parking fines in some cities?


Thank you for citing the rules. Most of the comments here are based on assumptions.




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