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Q122. Disadvantages of Donation of information

Q122. Disadvantages of Donation of information
 Are there any disadvantages?

A122. The provider of the information is not permitted to contact the Examiner. Therefore, the provider cannot add the explanation of the submitted information directly to the Examiner. On the other hand, when such prior art information was submitted, the applicant will be aware of importance of the claimed invention for the provider. So, the applicant may try to overcome the possible Office Action based on the submitted prior art. Once the patent is granted, it will be very difficult to invalidate the patent in the Invalidation Trial based on the same prior art that was submitted.