WHIPgroup successfully obtained allowance of an application with the filing of an Appeal Brief. The technology relates to an electrically insulating fluid made with isoparaffins derived from a renewable carbon source. The claims were finally rejected as obvious over a reference directed to preparing base oils and lubricant compositions, and the Examiner argued that one skilled in the art would have intrinsically known such compositions to include the claimed limitations. In the Appeal Brief, WHIPgroup argued that the reference relied on by the Examiner was not prior art because it was non-enabling as an insulating fluid. WHIPgroup also argued that the Examiner’s reliance on “intrinsic” knowledge was improper. After receiving the Appeal Brief, the Examiner issued a Notice of Allowance allowing all claims, without the need for further briefing.
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…]