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USPTO Announces Further Expansion to Track One Prioritized Examination

October, 5th, 2021

The USPTO issued an interim rule further expanding the availability of Track One Prioritized Examination. The interim rule increases the annual limit of Track One requests that may be accepted from 12,000 to 15,000. This [Read More…]

The Federal Circuit Needs More Patent Attorneys

August, 31st, 2021

By Stephen Ball A decision earlier this summer underscores ongoing problems with patent law jurisprudence at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“Federal Circuit”). In Yu v Apple, the Federal Circuit invalidated [Read More…]

Grow Your Patent Portfolio with Vertical Farming

August, 9th, 2021

By Ryan Newell The agriculture industry is undergoing rapid and revolutionary changes. Inventors should take notice. The traditional farming system is threatened by accelerating water shortages and an ever-growing population. To sustain everyone, it must [Read More…]

USPTO Announces Extension of Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program

July, 12th, 2021

By Ryan Newell The USPTO has extended the expiration date for the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program (F-TAPP) through July 2, 2022. F-TAPP was established in July 2020 on a temporary basis, to provide for the [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Successfully Defends Client From Abusive Foreign Discovery

June, 10th, 2021

WHIPgroup successfully opposed two motions brought against its client Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. (“KSEA”) by STERIS Instrument Management Services, Inc. (“STERIS-IMS”). STERIS-IMS sought to extend fact discovery in the long-running patent infringement case to take [Read More…]

Avoid Tunnel Vision: Look Beyond Your Own Product For Patent Protection

May, 17th, 2021

By Stephen Ball Development of a commercial product is often the catalyst for seeking patent protection. This is understandable as owners want to protect their R&D investment. However, focusing on one’s own product can be [Read More…]

Are Environmentalists the New Conservatives?

May, 4th, 2021

By Wesley W. Whitmyer, Jr.    Their ranks swelled as they gained momentum to fulfill their mission of Earth protection, but now that a majority of people agree that protecting the environment is a priority, [Read More…]

WHIPgroup Gets 103 Rejections Overturned on Appeal

March, 29th, 2021

WHIPgroup was successful in having obviousness rejections overturned by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The claimed invention relates to a modular video imaging system where the image acquisition, processing, control and display chain [Read More…]

Patent Allowance In Under 4 Months With Accelerated Examination

February, 8th, 2021

WHIPgroup successfully obtained allowance of another case using the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). The invention is directed to a system for controlling network access to a terminal using a communication tunnel. The PPH request was [Read More…]

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