July, 13th, 2023

WHIPgroup succeeded in having anticipation and indefiniteness rejections overturned by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The claimed invention relates to a sequencing station that manages both sequencing and restacking tasks. The Examiner had rejected the independent claims as being anticipated by a single reference. On appeal, WHIPgroup argued that the reference failed to disclose each and every element of the claimed sequencing station, including a configuration where the station moves items into a robot work area at least partially one by one and moves the items out of the work area at least partially one by one. WHIPgroup also demonstrated that the claims were clear and consistent with the Specification. The Board agreed on both issues and reversed all rejections. A patent has since been granted.

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