After the examiner performs a search, he or she will issue an office action, which provides an initial assessment of the patentability of your invention. The action normally sets a period of three months for response, which can be extended with a fee. The attorney can respond to the patent office with arguments and or amendments of the claims, which must be supported by your disclosure. If the examiner is convinced of the patentability of your claims, a notice of allowance will issue and an issue fee will be due. If you have more questions, we suggest consulting with an experienced patent attorney.