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Q93. Non-final OA vs. Final OA

Q93. Non-final OA vs. Final OA
 Are there different types of OA (Office Action)?

A93. Yes, there are two types – a non-final office action and a final office action. A first coming OA is generally non-final. An OA after the non-final OA can be either non-final or final. The final OA is issued when the OA is required solely due to amendment made in response to another OA. Namely, when claim amendments in response to an OA introduce new reason for rejection, forthcoming OA will be final. Note that when responding to a final OA, claim amendment is restricted heavier than in a non-final OA. See also Q103.