Generating a Shell Office Action Response [Lite+ and Pro+ versions]


This feature allows you to generate Office Action responses based on the pre-configured shell templates.  ClaimMaster can populate various placeholder fields in the document with the information downloaded from the USPTO/EPO, claims from the previous Office Action response, or rejections identified in the Office Action.



Getting Started

  • In Word 2007 or later - from the ClaimMaster Ribbon, click on the USPTO Office Actions, Shells, and Forms menu, then select Create a shell Word document (e.g., OA response) or email:



  • In Word 2003 or earlier - from the ClaimMaster toolbar, click on the USPTO Office Actions, Shells, and Forms menu, then select Create a shell Word document (e.g., OA response) or email:



Feature Options

Selecting the above feature will show the the window, which has the following options available:



    1. Enter the application or patent number in this field.  You can also select a value from all of the entries loaded in the PAIR cache using a pull-down menu. If this window is invoked from the Office Action Browser, this field may be automatically populated if a valid application number is detected in the Office Action.
    2. Press this button to download bibliographic information for the specified application number (item #1) from either Private or Public PAIR.   The choice of Private or Public PAIR is based on your selection for item #4.  To switch between Public and Private pair, switch to "PAIR Settings" tab and select either Private or Public PAIR as the source of information.
    3. If this checkbox is selected, ClaimMaster will proceed to download the bibliographic data directly from Public/Private PAIR rather than loading it from cache.  The newly downloaded bibliographic data for this application will then be stored in PAIR cache.



    1. Specify whether to use Private or Public PAIR for downloading the bibliographic data.  
    2. If Private PAIR is used, you can specify various Private PAIR settings here, including log-in credentials and PAIR cache settings.
    3. Various replacement fields in this table will be filled in when "Update from PAIR" button (item #2) is clicked.  If you have specified any additional replacement fields, those will be listed as well.  The values in these fields will be used to replace placeholders in the response template.  Unselect the fields you do not want to replace in the document and they will be simply removed from the final version.  For a full list of available replacement fields, go here.
    1. This tab shows the download log for downloading the bibliographic data from PAIR.  Any download issues, such as time-outs or unavailability of specific download information, will be specified in the log.
    2. Click these buttons to select/deselect all replacement fields in the table.
    3. Click this button to configure/edit custom replacement fields.
    4. Use this field to specify the location of the document with the latest claim set you want to insert into the Office Action response.
    5. If this checkbox is selected,  ClaimMaster will update the status indicators in the claims inserted in the Office Action response, such as from (Currently Amended) to (Previously Presented), etc.  In addition, amendments in the claims will be accepted as well. The placeholder for this item in the templates is [CLAIMS]
    6. This field specifies the name of the currently loaded Office Action.  All shells will be filled out with the information extracted from this Office Action (i.e., rejections, prior art, etc.)
    7. Click this button to reset the currently loaded Office Action, releasing all state associated with it (see item 2).
    8. Use this field to specify the date of the Office Action. It may not be identified by default for Office Actions in DOCX format, which are missing the front summary page.
    9. Press this button to refresh the PDF previews of the shell templates. This is helpful if you edit the template files and want the PDF preview to reflect your edits.
    10. This field lets you specify the name/location of the template to be used for generating a shell Office Action response.  You can easily create new shell documents from your existing Office Action responses using a wizard.
    11. Click this button to add a new Word shell configuration
    12. Click this button to edit the configuration for the existing Word shell
    13. Click this button to delete the configuration for the existing Word shell
    14. Here you can specify the directory where you'd like to store the filled-out shells and any associated documents, as well as whether you'd like to zip these documents.
    15. Click this button to fill-in the shell template with information.  Any placeholder fields in the Word shell or email shell will be replaced with bibliographic data, claims, rejections, etc., if available.  Any automatic fields in the templates (e.g., page #s of different sections) will be updated at the end of the document creation.
    16. This window shows the PDF preview of the selected Word shell