Shane, patent offices are independent legal entities. You can't have better treatments or worse treatments.
Maybe so Rob, but I cant help but wonder if a big name on a patent...Einstein for example, would cause the examiner to give more consideration before rejecting? And also having the DOE backing, I would think might make the examiner think twice before rejecting the patent on the same grounds they dismiss most LENR patents.
And let us not forget that until a few years ago, LENR related applications were discriminated against, and treated differently through their then secretive "SAWS" program. The program is officially gone now, but the reasoning they fall back on to reject is not.