WHIPgroup successfully appealed rejections of a patent application directed to a surgical system. The system includes a hollow shaft and a shaft-type instrument that is secured within the hollow shaft in a manner to provide a rinsing area for transmitting liquid agents. The Examiner had rejected the claims as allegedly being obvious over a combination of two references. On Appeal, WHIPgroup argued that several claimed elements were missing in the prior art and that one reference taught away from configuring a rinsing area between the interior surface of a hollow shaft and the exterior surface of an instrument. The reference specifically disclosed a distal window sealing an instrument lumen to prevent exposure of an instrument to bodily fluids, thereby discouraging the need for a rinsing area. The PTAB was convinced by WHIPgroup’s arguments and reversed the Examiner’s rejections. Issuance of a patent containing all pending claims is expected in due course.
WHIPgroup obtained a successful outcome for its client in which all rejections were reversed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. The claimed invention concerns a graphical user interface of a process control system used [Read More…]
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At the next WHIPgroup Tech Entrepreneur Meetup we will explore the modern renaissance in aerospace, fast-prototyping and worldwide manufacturing resources. Mark Strauss co-founded WaveAerospace from his coworking desk in Stamford in 2014, with an idea [Read More…]