WHIPgroup attorneys successfully appealed an obviousness rejection for a patent application directed to a flexible medical instrument. WHIPgroup argued that one skilled in the art would not appreciate the prior art’s “pinion and rack gears” teach the “torsion shaft” of the claimed invention because of their linear motion and inflexibility. The Board agreed with WHIPgroup’s arguments, stating that “the Examiner has not provided an adequate reasoning with a rational underpinning” to modify the cited references to reach the claimed invention. The Board thus reversed the obviousness rejection.
WHIPgroup successfully used the Pre-Appeal program to obtain allowance on an application directed to an endoscope for illuminating a manipulating region. The invention uses optical fiber bundles to selectively illuminate different areas of the manipulating [Read More…]
By Victor Lin On October 11, 2018, the USPTO officially changed the claim construction standard used by the Patent and Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for interpreting claims in post-grant patentability challenges. The PTAB will [Read More…]
WHIPgroup filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Stryker Corporation and Stryker Communications, Inc. on behalf of its client Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. in the Northern District of California. KSEA asserts that three patents, one directed [Read More…]