Tag: Technology Patents


“Attorney Arguments” Not Accepted as Evidence When Evaluating a §102(e) Anticipation Patent Rejection – Florida Patent Lawyer Blog

Written by Mark Terry    Using strong words, today the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) affirmed a Patent Examiner’s 35 U.S.C. §102(e) anticipation rejection of a Tokyo Electron invention, claiming that the Appellant’s attorney’s arguments alone held no weight. As a Miami Patent Attorney who reads BPAI decisions almost daily, I enjoyed the subtle drama of this decision and also learned something.  At issue in Ex parte Willis , was a claim to a laboratory measuring device that measured spectral data. In response to the Patent Examiner’s 35 U.S.C. §102(e) anticipation rejection, the Appellant’s attorney, from the firm of Oblon Spivak, provided one particular

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Amending Patent Claims After Allowance Under 37 CFR §1.312 – Florida Patent Lawyer Blog

Written by Mark Terry    As a Miami Patent Attorney with an active patent prosecution docket, I feel as if I’ve encountered every possible patent prosecution situation out there. But I was recently faced with a situation I had not previously encountered. At issue was my client’s patent application for project management software. The Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office called me to ask if I would agree to an Examiner’s Amendment, to which I agreed. Subsequently, the Examiner issues an Examiner’s Amendment and a Notice of Allowance all at once. But after reviewing the Examiner’s Amendment, I noticed there were a

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Patent Office Rejects Key HP Invention on Appeal – Florida Patent Lawyer Blog

Written by Mark Terry    In its first decision of today, the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) reversed a Patent Examiner’s 35 U.S.C. sec. 103(a) obviousness rejection of a key Hewlett-Packard software invention, but came up with a new rejection of its own – a 35 U.S.C. sec. 101 non-statutory subject matter rejection. As a Miami Patent Attorney that deals with Patent Office rejections related to software patents and software inventions almost daily, this case is instructive because it illustrates the case law on non-statutory subject matter and the process of dealing with the BPAI. The HP invention involved a software

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