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The initial steps that the USPTO takes are similar to what it does for the PPA. Here’s a brief overview of the process:
Source: USPTO.GOV – Process for Obtaining a Utility Patent
When the PTO receives your application, they check to ensure that each application is complete and in condition for examination. A Notice of Missing Parts can be sent out if your application has missing drawings, no claim, or no filing fees. You will be notified of any deficiencies or informalities in new applications through various types of pre-examination notices which in turn require the submission of missing items or correction of the application within a time period for reply (typically one or two months) during which all the requirements must be satisfied. Here is an example:
In this case, the drawings need to be replaced so note that the replacement sheets are annotated on top with (REPLACEMENT SHEET). There should be no new matter and the response needs to state so or the replacement drawing and/or the replacement specification will not be accepted.
If there are issues with the Power of Attorney, a Notice Regarding Power of Attorney will indicate the specific reason why the power of attorney cannot be accepted. If there are issues with your reply, the PTO can send a Notification of Defective Reply with reasons to help you identify the problem and correct the reply.