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Substantial vs. substantive

  • May 24, 2012, 3:54am

The word substantive is used frequently in patent prosecution. "Substantive examination" of a patent application is taken to mean a full and in-depth examination by the examiner, as opposed to the more superficial initial examination done by the searching authority.