WHIPgroup continued its successful use of the patent prosecution highway (PPH). The PPH is a set of initiatives designed to accelerate patent prosecution by allowing participating patent offices to benefit from one another’s opinions (e.g., includes Written Opinion of International Search Authority). As shown in the chart, 32% of PPH-eligible patent applications filed by WHIPgroup in 2017 were allowed without any office actions. Another 32% were found to have allowable subject matter in the first office action. In addition, the PPH can achieve allowability in rapid time. For example, one of WHIPgroup’s 2017 cases received allowance only three months after filing. The PPH is a cost-effective way to quickly identify allowable subject matter.
WHIPgroup obtained another patent allowance using the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) Program. In U.S. Application No. 15/239,469 directed to an eccentric well pipe, a Final Office Action rejected pending claims for obviousness. WHIPgroup attorneys [Read More…]
WHIPgroup attorneys were successful in using the Pre-Appeal Brief Review program to overcome a final rejection. During prosecution, the USPTO rejected claims directed to a method for actively damping oscillations in a compression process as [Read More…]
By Patrick D. Duplessis In a petition filed this month with the U.S. Supreme Court, patent owner Cave Consulting Group (CCGroup) draws attention to a persistent split at the Federal Circuit concerning foundational claim construction [Read More…]