On March 8, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) found all claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,420,151 (“the ‘151 patent”) unpatentable following an inter partes review (IPR) trial. The ‘151 Patent is directed to short wavelength visible reflectance imaging technology and is assigned to Novadaq Technologies, Inc. (NVDQ). WHIPgroup previously conducted oral argument on behalf of its client in December 2016, contending that each claim of the ‘151 Patent was either anticipated or obvious over the prior art. In its Final Written Decision, the PTAB found WHIPgroup’s arguments persuasive and held all the claims of the patent invalid.
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…]
By Patrick D. Duplessis In a petition filed this month with the U.S. Supreme Court, patent owner Cave Consulting Group (CCGroup) draws attention to a persistent split at the Federal Circuit concerning foundational claim construction [Read More…]