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.
By Hao Zhang and Patrick D. Duplessis U.S. inventors seeking to protect their IP rights worldwide often file foreign patent applications in markets where they conduct business or where they are likely to find infringers [Read More…]
The Federal Circuit recently provided insight into the complicated issue of § 101 subject matter eligibility for method of treatment claims. In Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc v West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, 887 F.3d. 1117 (Fed. Cir. 2018), a [Read More…]
On July 17, the WHIPgroup Tech Entrepreneur Meetup will return to the important topic of Artificial Intelligence. We will hear from the co-founders of Dreyev (pronounced “drive”), an interactive driving safety system that combines AI with [Read More…]