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.
By Stephen F.W. Ball, Jr. Motions to dismiss, also called 12(b)(6) motions, have been used to eviscerate patent rights on the basis that a patent is allegedly directed to an “abstract concept” and thus lacks [Read More…]
WHIPgroup obtained another patent allowance using the After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) Program. In U.S. Application No. 15/239,469 directed to an eccentric well pipe, a Final Office Action rejected pending claims for obviousness. WHIPgroup attorneys [Read More…]
WHIPgroup attorneys were successful in using the Pre-Appeal Brief Review program to overcome a final rejection. During prosecution, the USPTO rejected claims directed to a method for actively damping oscillations in a compression process as [Read More…]