WHIPgroup obtained another Notice of Allowance using the AFCP (After Final Consideration Pilot) Program on patent claims directed to a method of producing a starting material for the manufacture of rare earth magnets. A Final Office Action rejected the claims for lacking enablement and being obvious over prior art. In response, WHIPgroup requested AFCP to argue that the specification contained sufficient information as to enable a skilled artisan to make and use the claimed invention. Amendments were also made to put all claims of the application in condition for allowance. WHIPgroup’s successful use of the AFCP program helped its client avoid the need for a costly Appeal or RCE.
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