e-Office Action Processing does not Replace XML Imports
AppColl's processing of e-Office Actions does not replace the need for XML imports. E-Office Actions can only add new tasks to a matter; they will not add historical information, such as older tasks and prosecution history items. Nor will they add or change bibliographic information for the matter. For example, an e-Office Action email indicating a Notice of Issuance has been mailed does not include the patent number or the exact issue date. Thus, the best practice is to initially import an XML file for each patent matter to populate the matter’s bibliographic information and prosecution history.
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