WHIPgroup was successful in using the Post-Prosecution Pilot (P3) Program to advance prosecution of an application for a medical manipulator system having a controller that limits use of a medical instrument when a usage count reaches a preset limit. The claims were rejected based on a combination of four references, and WHIPgroup argued the prior art did not disclose a controller that allows a working unit to continue to operate until a preset time. The panel was persuaded and issued a decision stating the claims were allowable. A notice of allowance is expected in due course.
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…]