After receiving a final rejection in U.S. Patent App. No. 16/304,583, WHIPgroup filed a Response including a request for participation in the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) Program. During the AFCP interview, WHIPgroup attorneys convinced the Examiner that the cited art failed to disclose inventive features described in the amended independent claim. The Examiner accordingly issued a Notice of Allowance. The successful use of the AFCP program helped WHIPgroup’s client avoid the need for an Appeal or RCE, thereby saving the client a substantial amount of money in costs and fees.
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