After receiving a final rejection in U.S. Patent App. No. 14/282,391, WHIPgroup attorneys filed a Response including a request for participation in the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) Program. In a subsequent interview, WHIPgroup attorneys negotiated an allowance with only minor amendments to the claim. Successful use of the AFCP program avoids the need for an RCE, saving the client a substantial amount of money in costs and fees.
By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. Motions to dismiss, also called 12(b)(6) motions, have been used to eviscerate patent rights on the basis that a patent is allegedly directed to an “abstract concept” and thus lacks [Read More…]
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…]