On March 10, 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted an inter partes review (IPR) of all claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,420,151 (“the ‘151 patent”), which is directed to short wavelength visible reflectance imaging technology and is assigned to Novadaq Technologies, Inc. (NVDQ). In its Decision on Institution, the PTAB found that the IPR petition filed by WHIPgroup on behalf of its client established a reasonable likelihood that all claims of the ‘151 patent would be proven unpatentable. By statute the PTAB has until March 2017 to render a final decision, and per the scheduling order an oral hearing (if requested) will be conducted in December 2016. Attorneys Wesley W. Whitmyer, Jr., Michael J. Kosma, and Michael A. Lavine are counsel of record in the IPR proceeding.
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…]