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Q95. Notice of Reasons for Rejection on Violation of Requirements for Disclosure of Information on Prior Art Documents

Q95. Notice of Reasons for Rejection on Violation of Requirements for Disclosure of Information on Prior Art Documents
 What is Notice of reasons for rejection on violation of requirements for disclosure of information on prior art documents?

A95. This Notice may be issued when no prior art is mentioned in a specification even though an applicant had knowledge of prior art at the time of filing. In response, the applicant may amend the specification to include prior art, or may argue that the applicant did not have knowledge of prior art at the time of filing. The applicant may even file no response since no final rejection is triggered. Failing to respond to this Notice constitutes a reason for rejection in another OA, to which the applicant should respond; otherwise the final rejection is to be issued.