WHIPgroup attorneys were again successful in using the P3 program to overcome a Final Office Action. The patent application is directed to an algorithm for searching objects in a process control system. The claims were rejected for lacking structure and for being obvious over multiple references. In a P3 request, WHIPgroup argued that a new structural machine is created when a computer is programmed to perform a specific function and that the Examiner failed to appreciate the claims a whole. The Panel was persuaded by WHIPgroup’s arguments and prosecution was reopened without the need for filing an RCE or Appeal.
By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. Motions to dismiss, also called 12(b)(6) motions, have been used to eviscerate patent rights on the basis that a patent is allegedly directed to an “abstract concept” and thus lacks [Read More…]
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…]