WHIPgroup was successful in using the Pre-Appeal Brief Conference Program to obtain allowance of an application for a suture holding system. On the basis of its pre-appeal request, WHIPgroup convinced the panel of examiners that the prior art references fail to teach the claimed invention and that the combination thereof impermissibly changes the operating principle of the primary reference. Accordingly, a full appeal proceeding was not necessary, and a notice of allowance has been issued.
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