Welcome to our Fall 2017 newsletter. We are pleased to provide you with recent firm news and articles from our @PTTAB Blog. In this newsletter, we highlight our practice before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The ex parte appeals process remains a valuable tool for overcoming examiner rejections and obtaining broader patent protection.
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” [Read More…]
By Benjamin N. Luehrs and Hao Zhang Inter Partes Review (IPR) is an effective procedure for invalidating a competitor’s patent whereby a petitioner cites other patents and printed publications (i.e., “prior art”) to argue that [Read More…]
By Hao Zhang and Patrick D. Duplessis U.S. inventors seeking to protect their IP rights worldwide often file foreign patent applications in markets where they conduct business or where they are likely to find infringers [Read More…]