There are two major stages of obtaining a patent. The first is the drafting stage, the second is the prosecution stage. In the prosecution stage, the goal is a notice of allowance. Most patent applications will receive at least one office action rejecting the application before receiving a notice of allowance. There are many different types of office actions and the specifics of the office action are unique to the application. When you receive an office action we will be able to discuss your unique situation in regards to the office action.