Can I Contact the USPTO Directly?

As an inventor and applicant, you may contact the Patent Office directly. The Patent Office will answer an applicant’s inquiries as to the status of the application and inform you whether your application has been rejected, allowed, or it is awaiting action. However, if you have a patent attorney or agent of record in the application file, the Patent Office will not correspond with both of you concerning the merits of your application. All comments concerning your application should be forwarded through your attorney or agent. As in all legal representations, though, you may hire or fire the attorney of your choice. You may also prosecute your patent application without a patent attorney by dealing with the patent office directly. We do recommend, however, that you talk to an experienced intellectual property attorney about all matters patent office.