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.
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