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Another Pre-Appeal Brief Win

January, 25th, 2017

WHIPgroup attorneys were again successful in using the Pre-Appeal program to advance prosecution. The invention is directed to an arrangement having a medical instrument and a manipulator that can be releasably connected to one another [Read More…]

PTAB Reverses Examiner Rejection of Software Claims

January, 25th, 2017

After an oral argument before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, WHIPgroup secured a written opinion reversing the Examiner’s rejection of claims covering computerized control systems and related software for providing control of real world [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Obtains Allowance Using Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Program

January, 24th, 2017

WHIPgroup was successful in using the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Program to obtain allowance of an application for a suture holding system. On the basis of its pre-appeal request, WHIPgroup convinced the panel of examiners that [Read More…]

PTAB Designates Ex Parte Schulhauser as a Precedential Opinion

January, 24th, 2017

By Paul L. Fraulo In ex parte Schulhauser, a decision recently designated precedential, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) construed a method claim with separate steps reciting mutually exclusive conditions precedent: A method for [Read More…]

WHIPgroup in 2016

January, 23rd, 2017

Our practice continues to grow and thrive. Notable accomplishments over the past year include: Achieved an extraordinary success rate (~80%) with the new P3 Program, obtaining reversals on dozens of final patent rejections without the [Read More…]

Use of P3 Program Results in Allowance

January, 18th, 2017

WHIPgroup has obtained allowance on claims directed to a shortcut navigator for industrial monitoring and control systems. A Final Office Action rejected the claims based on a combination of three prior art references. WHIPgroup attorneys [Read More…]

State Trademark Registration Prevails for Cannabis Industry

January, 17th, 2017

By Chelsea A. Russell The Lanham Act’s “use in commerce” requirement has long been established to mean lawful use in commerce in accordance with federal statutory law. This requirement can bar registration because the identified [Read More…]

Once is Enough: Assessing Previously-Used Prior Art and Arguments at the PTAB

January, 10th, 2017

By Robert D. Keeler Under the AIA, the PTAB can deny institution of an IPR, CBM, or PGR because “the same or substantially the same prior art or arguments previously were presented to the Office.” [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Wins on Appeal Before PTAB

January, 3rd, 2017

WHIPgroup secured a favorable decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, reversing all rejections of an application directed to machine type identification. Without an oral hearing, WHIPgroup persuaded the Board through its briefings that [Read More…]

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