WHIPgroup was again successful in reversing an examiner’s rejections before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The claimed invention is directed to a configurable control system for an operating room. At issue were limitations that “the operating room control system is soft configurable such that the icons and the video output are configured and presented on said touchscreen based upon a user’s defined configuration.” This allows a user to predefine and change configurations for maximum freedom. The Examiner rejected the claims on the basis that a prior art control system has “equivalent structure.” On Appeal, WHIPgroup argued that the claimed system requires a particularly programmed machine and the prior art failed to show configurable icons for control of medical equipment. The Board agreed with WHIPgroup’s arguments and reversed the Examiner, rejecting the Examiner’s inherency arguments that the prior art was “capable of” the claimed configurability.
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…]