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Thursday, November 11, 2010


1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
Ex Parte Gessler et al OWENS 103(a) 10/450,187 KENYON & KENYON LLP EXAMINER AFTERGUT, JEFF H

Ex Parte Xu et al 10/919,224 OWENS 102(e)/103(a) MOLECULAR IMPRINTS EXAMINER BOWMAN, ANDREW J

3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
Ex Parte DeIntinis 11/514,519 LEE 103(a) 37 C.F.R. § 41.50(b) Kenneth P. Glynn, Esq. EXAMINER KELLEHER, WILLIAM J

However, a prior art reference must be considered for everything it teaches by way of technology and is not limited to the particular invention it is describing and attempting to protect. EWP Corp. v. Reliance Universal Inc., 755 F.2d 898, 907 (Fed. Cir.), cert. denied, 474 U.S. 843 (1985). Thus, it is not necessary to preserve the conversion-to-bag functionality of Buhyoff’s beach towel.

EWP Corp. v. Reliance Universal, Inc., 755 F.2d 898, 225 USPQ 20(Fed. Cir. 1985). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .716.03(b)


1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
Ex Parte Farrell 10/183,678 GRIMES 112(2)/112(1)/103(a) JOHN FARRELL, NMD EXAMINER GHALI, ISIS A D

While it is true that the scope of the invention in a patent application is measured by what is stated in the claims, the same is not true of what is disclosed in a prior art reference. See In re Benno, 768 F.2d 1340, 1346 (Fed. Cir. 1985) (“The scope of a patent’s claims determines what infringes the patent; it is no measure of what it discloses. A patent discloses only that which it describes, whether specifically or in general terms, so as to convey intelligence to one capable of understanding.”). Thus, the fact that Oshlack did not claim a three component formulation is not evidence that it, in combination with Miller, would not have made such a formulation obvious.

Benno, In re, 768 F.2d 1340, 226 USPQ 683 (Fed. Cir. 1985) . . . . . . . . . . . . .2163, 2163.06


Ex Parte Burckart et al 10/723,924 EXAMINER MURRAY, DANIEL C
Ex Parte Kien et al 11/147,695 EXAMINER CHEVALIER, ALICIA ANN



Ex Parte DeSmidt et al 10/918,892 EXAMINER WONG, LESLIE A

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