Working with the original claim’s subject matter, we recraft each claim into a structure that is familiar to a U.S. patent examiner. We remove multiple dependencies that can be prohibitively expensive in the U.S. As much as possible we eliminate means clauses which can be narrowly interpreted in U.S. courts. We strive for clarity and readability: highlighting for the examiner the distinguishing aspects of the invention. If necessary, we correct the drawings to conform to USPTO practice, and do a check of the specification for support of the presented claims. The goal is claims that an examiner can allow on first action, or at least claims which are set up for a productive engagement with the examiner that can lead to allowable subject matter.
When claims are rejected, our preferred approach is a first action telephone interview with the examiner. This often leads to a leaner file history and more compact prosecution.