WHIPgroup Obtains Allowance Using the AFCP Program

November, 16th, 2018

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 Succeeds in Overcoming Rejections with Pre-Appeal Brief Review

November, 15th, 2018

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…]

Examiner Reversed on All Obviousness Grounds on Appeal

November, 14th, 2018

WHIPgroup successfully argued to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that its client’s invention is patentable over an examiner’s rejection.  The claimed invention is directed to a medical instrument that more easily and reliably identifies [Read More…]

Things Crisp Up in the CRISPR-Cas9 Case

October, 30th, 2018

By Mackenzie L. Long In a recent decision, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (“CAFC”) handed a win for one CRISPR researcher and a loss for a rival. CRISPR stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short [Read More…]

Can On-Sale Bar Apply to “Secret Sales”?

October, 24th, 2018

By William L. Birks III Palensetron U.S. 8,598,2019 (Col. 3, Lines 53-65)   35 U.S.C. 102 states “A person shall be entitled to a patent unless— (1) the claimed invention was patented, described in a printed [Read More…]

Out with BRI and In with Phillips: USPTO Adopts Federal Circuit’s Claim Construction Standard for PTAB Proceedings

October, 18th, 2018

By Victor Lin On October 11, 2018, the USPTO officially changed the claim construction standard used by the Patent and Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for interpreting claims in post-grant patentability challenges.  The PTAB will [Read More…]

Hold the Donuts: The DUNKIN Trademark Without the Donuts

October, 16th, 2018

By Lauren C. Matturri When Dunkin Donuts announced in September that it would be dropping the “Donuts” from its name, there was a lot of buzz about this new change.  This buzz mostly addressed the [Read More…]

BU v. Everlight: A Lesson in Enablement

October, 2nd, 2018

By Georgi Korobanov Recently the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a lower court’s denial of a motion for judgment as a matter of law that challenged the validity of asserted U.S. Patent [Read More…]

Get Your Patent Faster Using Pre-Appeal Briefs

September, 18th, 2018

By Robert D. Keeler There are multiple strategies for addressing Final Office Actions at the USPTO.  WHIPgroup already explained why examiners like RCEs (and why you shouldn’t). One alternative to an RCE – an Appeal [Read More…]

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