WHIPgroup has succeeded in using the Pre-Appeal Brief Review program to overcome a final rejection of claims directed to an electrical machine. The novel configuration of the machine minimizes losses when altering current direction in the stator or rotor windings. During prosecution, the examiner issued a Final Office Action which repeated obviousness rejections from a prior Office Action. WHIPgroup attorneys accordingly filed a Pre-Appeal Brief Request for Review and argued that the cited art failed to teach various features of the invention. Showing that the rejections were based on legal and factual deficiencies, WHIPgroup convinced the panel of examiners to withdraw the final rejection and reopen prosecution without need for an Appeal Brief or RCE.
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…]