QUESTION: What does it mean when a utility patent application is abandoned ? I filed a utility patent application by a lawyer. he did the job and even he sent me the receipt ( USPTO OFFICE ) of filing the app. but after a while the law firm of my lawyer closed and then my lawyer told me that my application is abandoned in USPTO office and didn't reach to the examiner. I didn't understand why and what does it mean. so you tell me what shall I do ? is that mean my application is rejected or not ? please help me.
ANSWER: The patent office may have sent something that required a response. If no response was timely filed, your application will have been deemed abandoned by the patent office. You can try to file a petition to revive the application.