The USPTO recently announced its plans to continue the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP) through September 30, 2016. The AFCP was introduced by the USPTO as an initiative to improve the efficiency of the patent prosecution process. The program authorizes examiners to take additional time to search and consider responses to a final rejection, and even conduct an additional interview. WHIPgroup has made frequent use of this program, and use of the AFCP has resulted in a notice of allowance in almost half of the cases where it has been used. This has negated the need for an RCE or appeal, allowing WHIPgroup to keep prosecution costs low and obtain allowances faster.
By William L. Birks “The court in exceptional cases may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party.” 35 U.S.C. § 285 While every prevailing party would seek attorney fees if they could, it’s important [Read More…]
By Patrick D. Duplessis As we recently reported, the Arterton Inn of Court held its first substantive event on the 2018-2019 session, and WHIPgroup attorneys played a major role in preparing the event. The event, [Read More…]
By Lauren C. Matturri In December 2018 toy company MGA Entertainment Inc. filed a declaratory judgment against Louis Vuitton. This was to preempt the French fashion house from claiming MGA Entertainment’s Pooey Puitton toy was [Read More…]