Since the start of the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program in July 2016, WHIPgroup has participated in dozens of P3 conferences. WHIPgroup has successfully used P3 to advance prosecution of applications towards allowance without resorting to appeals or requests for continued examination (RCE). Although expiration of P3 is slated for January 11, 2017, several technology centers at the USPTO are soon closing, or have already closed, the program as a result of reaching the maximum 200 available P3 conferences. WHIPgroup will continue to evaluate P3 and monitor for any extensions of the program.
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…]