Quayle Action Law and Legal Definition

In the context of Patent law, Quayle action is an office action which states to the patent applicant that the claims are allowable on the merits but that the form of the application still needs to be amended. Generally, the applicant has two months to respond. Quayle action normally ends the prosecution on the merits, and amendments affecting the merits will be treated in a manner similar to amendments after final rejection. A Quayle action is also known as ex parte Quayle action.