WHIPgroup obtained a Notice of Allowance on patent claims directed to a micro-invasive medical instrument. A Final Office Action rejected the claims over a combination of three prior art references. WHIPgroup attorneys argued that such a combination of disparate references was improper, and that the Office Action used impermissible hindsight in rejecting these claims. WHIPgroup utilized the AFCP program to argue the patentability of the claims and add additional dependent claims to ensure strong patent protection. The USPTO issued a Notice of Allowance with its AFCP Decision, avoiding the need for an Appeal or Request for Continued Examination.
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…]