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Friday, July 31, 2015

johnson

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1783 Ex Parte Hong et al 12601330 - (D) HANLON 103 PAUL AND PAUL VAN SELL, NATHAN L

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2469 Ex Parte Bertrand et al 11970239 - (D) DIXON 103 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED TOWFIGHI, AFSHAWN M

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3657 Ex Parte Sabelström et al 11721180 - (D) REIMERS 102 WRB-IP LLP AUNG, SAN M

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3721 Ex Parte Garrett 12387146 - (D) GEIER 103 KLAUS J. BACH & ASSOCIATES JALLOW, EYAMINDAE CHOSSAN

3742 Ex Parte Peters et al 11331869 - (D) BROWN 112(2)/103 HAHN LOESER / LINCOLN MAYE, AYUB A

Not stating when the peak positive current and peak negative current occur makes claim 1 merely broad, not ambiguous,  See In re Johnson, 558 F.2d 1008, 1016 n.17 (CCPA 1977) (breadth is not indefiniteness).

Johnson, In re, 558 F.2d 1008, 194 USPQ 187 (CCPA 1977) 2164.08 2173.05(i)

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2194 Ex Parte Sandoval et al 11971645 - (D) FISHMAN 103 103 41.50 103 Ascenda Law Group, PC TRUONG, LECHI

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1784 Ex Parte Dobesberger et al 12090009 - (D) OWENS 103 GREENBLUM & BERNSTEIN, P.L.C. SCHLEIS, DANIEL J

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2454 Ex Parte Hanses 12190933 - (D) MORGAN 103 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY LIN, WEN TAI

2482 Ex Parte Pandit et al 12452050 - (D) JURGOVAN 103 THOMSON Licensing LLC JEBARI, MOHAMMED

2483 Ex Parte Shimizu et al 12667650 - (D) GARRIS 103 HARNESS, DICKEY & PIERCE, P.L.C. Samsung ITSKOVICH, MIKHAIL

2876 Ex Parte Wang 12954018 - (D) GARRIS 103 Jefferson IP Law, LLP Samsung TRAIL, ALLYSON NEEL

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3663 Ex Parte ANDERSON 13189505 - (D) BAYAT 102/103 Lawrence E. Anderson CHEN, SHELLEY

REEXAMINATION

REVERSED
2913 MAJESTIC MIRRORS AND FRAME, LLC Requester/Respondent v. ELECTRIC MIRROR, L.L.C. Patent Owner/Appellant Ex Parte D536,881 S et al D/228,971 95001793 - (D) PER CURIAM 103 41.77 103 ALBERT BORDAS, P.A. Third Party Requester: Espinosa/ Trueba, PL CALABRESE, MARY ANN

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3742 AMERICAN TORCH TIP CO. Requester, Cross-Appellant v. HYPERTHERM, INC. Patent Owner, Appellant, Respondent Ex Parte 6841754 et al 10/094,000 95001979 - (D) SONG concurring McCARTHY 103 102/103 41.77 103 PROSKAUER ROSE LLP Third Party Requester: Mark Rubio DEMILLE, DANTON D original PASCHALL, MARK H

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1798 ROCKWOOL INTERNATIONAL A/S Appellant and Requester v. Patent of KNAUF INSULATION LLC and KNAUF INSULATION SPRL Jointly, Patent Owner and Respondent Ex Parte 7,854,980 B2 et al 12/524,491 95000674 - (D) LEBOVITZ 103 Barnes & Thornburg LLP (IN) Third Party Requester: KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON LLP TORRES VELAZQUEZ, NORCA LIZ original EDWARDS, NEWTON O

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3728 K-SWISS INC. Requester v. Patent of GLIDE'N LOCK GMBH Patent Owner Ex Parte 7181866 et al 10/322,808 95001320 - (D) SONG 103 NDQ Special Reexam Group Third Party Requester: Oblon, Spivak, McClelland Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. WEHNER, CARY ELLEN original BAYS, MARIE D

Thursday, July 30, 2015

malagari

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2600 Communications
2622 Ex Parte Nutaro et al 12751601 - (D) McMILLIN 103 HONEYWELL/IFL TRUONG, NGUYEN H

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3659 Ex Parte Greco et al 11971050 - (D) MAYBERRY 102/103 ZILKA-KOTAB, PC- IBM BURGESS, RAMYA PRAKASAM

3688 Ex Parte Klish 12396301 - (D) WIEDER 101/102 41.50 101 MPG, LLP AND YAHOO! INC. VANDERHORST, MARIA VICTORIA

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3788 Ex Parte Bowers et al 12335590 - (D) WORTH 103 Hoffmann & Baron LLP POON, ROBERT

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1758 Ex Parte NAKAGAWA et al 12382497 - (D) McSHANE 103 MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY LLP MEKHLIN, ELI S

1765 Ex Parte Chen et al 12675922 - (D) PER CURIAM 102/double patenting WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE, LLP TISCHLER, FRANCES

See In re Malagari, 499 F.2d 1297, 1302 (CCPA 1974) ("If the rejection under 102 is proper, however, appellant cannot overcome it by showing such unexpected results or teaching away in the art, which are relevant only to an obviousness rejection.").

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2178 Ex Parte Gilra 12130223 - (D) JIVANI 102 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Adobe Systems, Inc. 58083 PATEL, MANGLESH M

2185 Ex Parte Cornwall et al 12362397 - (D) MORGAN 103 Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, LLC (Itron) DALEY, CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2447 Ex Parte Emmerich 11591344 - (D) DROESCH 103 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY JOSHI, SURAJ M

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2618 Ex Parte Conlon 12338300 - (D) STRAUSS 103 Basch & Nickerson LLP WANG, JIN CHENG

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3624 Ex Parte Pangrazio et al 11457474 - (D) BAYAT 103 XEROX CORPORATION C/O FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP SCHEUNEMANN, RICHARD N

3652 Ex Parte Klein 12498445 - (D) WOODS 112(1) 102/103 LERNER GREENBERG STEMER LLP BERRY JR, WILLIE WENDELL

REEXAMINATION

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2878 Q.I. PRESS CONTROLS B.V., Requester, Respondent v. QUAD/TECH, INC., Patent Owner, Appellant. Ex Parte 6867423 et al 10/245,469 95000526 - (D) SIU 103 41.77 103 Foley & Lardner LLP THIRD PARTY REQEUSTER: STERNE KESSLER GOLDSTEIN & FOX P.L.L.C. NGUYEN, MINH T original LEE, PATRICK J

REHEARING

GRANTED
Tech Center 2600 Communications
2684 Ex parte MobileMedia Ideas, LLC Appellant Ex Parte 6253075 et al 09/212,757 90012638 - (D) MANTIS MERCADER 102 41.50 103 PROSKAUER ROSE LLP BANANKHAH, MAJID A original TRAN, PABLO N

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

fout

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1742 Ex Parte Fromm 12493780 - (D) OWENS 103 Prass LLP SCHIFFMAN, BENJAMIN A

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2159 Ex Parte Zhao et al 12249358 - (D) KRIVAK 103 Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP (NV) CONYERS, DAWAUNE A

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2676 Ex Parte Ohno 11006620 - (D) WINSOR 103 41.50 101 FITZPATRICK CELLA HARPER & SCINTO CHEN, HUO LONG

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3723 Ex Parte Schenck et al 12455634 - (D) JESCHKE 103 41.50 112(2) Davidson, Davidson & Kappel, LLC HALL JR, TYRONE VINCENT

3723 Ex Parte Moudry et al 12831401 - (D) HILL 102/103 Hall Estill Attorneys at Law (Seagate - MKM) NGUYEN, DUNG V

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1677 Ex Parte Kawate et al 11029279 - (D) POLLOCK 103 BGL BROWN, MELANIE YU

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1793 Ex Parte Pinchuk 11379608 - (D) BEST 103 GORDON & JACOBSON, P.C. MORNHINWEG, JEFFREY P

See In re Fout, 675 F.2d 297, 301 (CCPA 1982) (“Express suggestion to substitute one equivalent for another need not be present to render such substitution obvious.”).

Fout, In re, 675 F.2d 297, 213 USPQ 532 (CCPA 1982) 2129 2143.01 2144.06

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2141 Ex Parte Ghosh et al 12432904 - (D) MANTIS MERCADER 102/103 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY VU, TOAN H

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2449 Ex Parte Mahajan et al 13179289 - (D) BEAMER 103 MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP / GOOGLE YI, DAVID

2483 Ex Parte Zhang et al 12651986 - (D) ULLAGADDI 103 Garlick & Markison (VIXS) NAVAS JR, EDEMIO

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2613 Ex Parte DOHTA 12427240 - (D) BEAMER 103 NIXON & VANDERHYE, P.C. HE, YINGCHUN

2667 Ex Parte Kreitmeier et al 11975983 - (D) FISHMAN 102/103 LERNER GREENBERG STEMER LLP BALI, VIKKRAM

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2896 Ex Parte Searls et al 12231965 - (D) TIMM 102/103 BLAKELY SOKOLOFF TAYLOR & ZAFMAN c/o CPA Global SPALLA, DAVID C

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3626 Ex Parte Greer 11778733 - (D) FETTING 103 SHOOK, HARDY & BACON L.L.P. (Cerner Corporation) REYES, REGINALD R

REEXAMINATION

REVERSED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1754 SHELL OIL COMPANY Requester and Appellant v. SPECIALTY FERTILIZER PRODUCT, LLC Patent Owner and Respondent Ex Parte 6210459 et al 09/604,137 95002388 - (D) GUEST 103 41.77 103 HOVEY WILLIAMS LLP THIRD-PARTY REQUESTER: NOVAK DRUCE & QUIGG, LLP MCKANE, ELIZABETH L original LANGEL, WAYNE A

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

weiler, doyle, U.S. Indus. Chems., orita

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1783 Ex Parte Gerrard 12180748 - (D) PAK 103 CANTOR COLBURN LLP MILLER, DANIEL H

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2172 Ex Parte Ayers 11130578 - (D) FINK 103 Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Adobe Systems, Inc. 58083 WRIGHT, ELIZABETH G

2181 Ex Parte Seo et al 13846566 - (D) EVANS 251 ROYLANCE, ABRAMS, BERDO & GOODMAN, L.L.P. TAYLOR, BROOKE JAZMOND

The section of the patent statute providing for correction of errors in a patent by reissue of the patent reads, in pertinent part:

Whenever any patent is, through error, deemed wholly or partly inoperative or invalid ... by reason of the patentee claiming more or less than he had a right to claim in the patent, the Director shall, on the surrender of such patent and the payment of the fee required by law, reissue the patent for invention disclosed in the original patent.

35 U.S.C. 251(a).

"[T]he whole purpose of the [reissue] statute, so far as claims are concerned, is to permit limitations to be added to claims that are too broad or to be taken from claims that are too narrow." In re Weiler, 790 F.2d 1576, 1580 (Fed. Cri. 1986) (quoting In re Handel, 312 F.2d 943, 948 (CCPA 1963)). The "Orita doctrine" precludes applicants from obtaining by reissue subject matter, which was barred from their original patent because of a requirement for restriction in which they had acquiesced. In re Orita, 550 F.2d 1277, 1280 (CCPA 1977).

When applicants acquiesce in the Examiner's requirement for restriction, such action manifestly is not "error" causing patentee to claim "less than he had a right to claim in the patent" in the language of 35 U.S.C. 251. Id.

Three classes of subject matter established by election

Section 251 authorizes reissue for a first class of subject matter: "the invention disclosed in the original patent." In re Weiler, 790 F.2d at 1581.  The Orita doctrine precludes a second class of subject matter.  Reissue applicants may not obtain substantially identical claims to those of non-elected groups identified in an Examiner's restriction requirement when such claims could not have been prosecuted in the application from which they were restricted.  See Ex Parte Morrison, Appeal 2012-010066, slip op. at 4 (PTAB July 16, 2013) (citing In re Doyle, 293 F.3d 1355, 1359) (Fed, Cir 2002)).

Applicants must affirmatively elect subject matter for prosecution in response to an Examiner's requirement for restriction.  Thus, a third class of subject matter may be caused to exist by an Appellant's election:

[I]t is not enough that an invention might have been claimed in the original patent because it was suggested or indicated in the specification.  It must appear from the face of the instrument that what is covered by the reissue was intended to have been covered and secured by the original.

Weiler, 790 F.2d at 1582 (quoting U.S. Indus. Chems., Inc. v. Carbide & Carbon Chems. Corp., 315 U.S. 668, 676 (1942); see also Morrison, slip op. at 8.


Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2413 Ex Parte Yin et al 11988653 - (D) HAGY 103 41.50 103 THOMSON Licensing LLC LIU, SIMING

2413 Ex Parte Yin et al 11988697 - (D) HAGY 103 41.50 103 THOMSON Licensing LLC LIU, SIMING

2461 Ex Parte Wan et al 11994491 - (D) EVANS 103 ERICSSON INC. BEDNASH, JOSEPH A

2483 Ex Parte Ramachandran et al 11602942 - (D) SAADAT 103 Garlick & Markison (VIXS) NAVAS JR, EDEMIO

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2621 Ex Parte Ungaretti et al 11564182 - (D) SHIANG 103 SEED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW (EP ORIGINATING) MIDKIFF, AARON

2664 Ex Parte ITO et al 12487922 - (D) HAGY 102 FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER LLP DIEP, TRUNG T

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3626 Ex Parte Hyde et al 12378284 - (D) MOHANTY 112(2)/103 Constellation Law Group, PLLC RAJ, RAJIV J

3682 Ex Parte Nixon-Lane 11873683 - (D) BROWN 103 BGL/Ann Arbor MYHRE, JAMES W

3684 Ex Parte McGonigal et al 12615476 - (D) MOHANTY 102/103 WINSTEAD P.C. IBM CORP. (WSM) ZIMMERMAN, MATTHEW E

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3721 Ex Parte Jones 12750081 - (D) WOODS 103 FITCH EVEN TABIN & FLANNERY, LLP JALLOW, EYAMINDAE CHOSSAN

3748 Ex Parte Stefanick et al 12314006 - (D) MURPHY 102/103 CATERPILLAR/FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, L.L.P. BOGUE, JESSE SAMUEL

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3779 Ex Parte Sauer et al 11383598 - (D) JENKS 103 103 SIEMENS CORPORATION BOLER, RYNAE E

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1647 Ex Parte Dengjel 11942394 - (D) JENKS 103 MILES & STOCKBRIDGE, PC STANFIELD, CHERIE MICHELLE

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1715 Ex Parte Ma et al 12374066 - (D) HASTINGS 103 The BOC Group, Inc. CHEN, BRET P

1764 Ex Parte Iwamura et al 11522197 - (D) HASTINGS 103 THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY REDDY, KARUNA P

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2163 Ex Parte Grois 12156589 - (D) STRAUSS 103 Dan Grois GOFMAN, ALEX N

2166 Ex Parte Tapper et al 12603020 - (D) KOHUT 103 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY OBERLY, VAN HONG

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2426 Ex Parte Wajs 10124177 - (D) COURTENAY 103 Reed Smith LLP ALAM, MUSHFIKH I

2475 Ex Parte Ambrose et al 12135017 - (D) PYONIN 103 Emulex Corporation RANDHAWA, MANDISH K

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2619 Ex Parte MUSETH et al 11952446 - (D) NAPPI 112(4) 103 LYON & HARR, LLP BROOME, SAID A

2641 Ex Parte Aissi et al 10956765 - (D) NEW 103 TROP, PRUNER & HU, P.C. c/o CPA Global AJIBADE AKONAI, OLUMIDE

2642 Ex Parte KWON 11859585 - (D) McCARTNEY 103 THE FARRELL LAW FIRM, P.C. PATEL, NIMESH

2672 Ex Parte Tonegawa 10548428 - (D) SAADAT 103 FITZPATRICK CELLA HARPER & SCINTO PACHOL, NICHOLAS C

2683 Ex Parte Loftin et al 11095874 - (D) DROESCH 103 PREFERRED TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS, LLC SYED, NABIL H

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3634 Ex Parte Waters et al 11254032 - (D) JENKS 103 HONEYWELL/WOOD PHILLIPS BRADFORD, CANDACE L

3654 Ex Parte Prest et al 12103643 - (D) ASTORINO 103 PATENT VENTURE GROUP TRUONG, MINH D

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3765 Ex Parte Kashihara 12797798 - (D) SHAH 103 DICKINSON WRIGHT PLLC MUROMOTO JR, ROBERT H

3781 Ex Parte Shiffer 12429508 - (D) MARSCHALL 103 MAGINOT, MOORE & BECK, LLP MATHEW, FENN C

REEXAMINATION

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1744 GT WATER PRODUCTS, INC. Requester and Cross-appellant v. EUGENE H. LUOMA Patent Owner and Appellant Ex Parte 6,775,873 B2 et al 09/734,249 95001754 - (D) GUEST 102/103 102/103 41.77 103 Christensen Fonder PA THIRD-PARTY REQUESTER: SCHLEE IP INTERNATIONAL P.C. MCKANE, ELIZABETH L original CHIN, RANDALL E

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2624 APPLE INC. Requester v. S3 GRAPHICS CO. LTD. Patent Owner and Appellant Ex Parte 7,043,087 et al 10/893,084 95000584 - (D) DILLON 103/314 103/314 OBLON, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, L.L.P. Third Party Requester: Novak Druce & Quigg TRAN, HENRY N original DO, ANH HONG

Monday, July 27, 2015

centocor

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2600 Communications
2621 Ex Parte Tanaka et al 11526733 - (D) DANG 103 OBLON, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, L.L.P. MIDKIFF, AARON

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3617 Ex Parte Kumar 12939353 - (D) HOFFMANN 102/103 GE GPO- Transportation- The Small Patent Law Group LE, MARK T

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2426 Ex Parte Ribordy et al 11853742 - (D) DEJMEK 103 103 THE DIRECTV GROUP, INC. TAYLOR, JOSHUA D

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3736 Ex Parte Lloyd et al 11559727 - (D) BROWNE 103 103 41.50 103 MCANDREWS HELD & MALLOY, LTD HOEKSTRA, JEFFREY GERBEN

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1642 Ex Parte Taylor et al 13046205 - (D) ADAMS 112(1) IMMUNOMEDICS, INC. GODDARD, LAURA B

See Centocor Ortho Biotech, Inc. v. Abbott Laboratories, 636 F.3d 1341, 1352 (Fed. Cir. 2011) (“Claiming antibodies with specific properties, e.g., an antibody that binds to human TNF-α with A2 specificity, can result in a claim that does not meet [the] written description [requirement] even if the human TNF-α protein is disclosed because antibodies with those properties have not been adequately described”).

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2191 Ex Parte Alcott et al 11616400 - (D) WEINBERG 103 MOORE & VAN ALLEN, PLLC For IBM BROPHY, MATTHEW J

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2623 Ex Parte LEE 12261165 - (D) TROCK 102/103 Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Vancouver/BB) XAVIER, ANTONIO J

2646 Ex Parte GERSTENBERGER et al 12625205 - (D) NEW 103 ERICSSON INC. IQBAL, KHAWAR

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2836 Ex Parte Diab et al 12196142 - (D) GARRIS 103 GARLICK & MARKISON AMRANY, ADI

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3671 Ex Parte Jens et al 12914905 - (D) GUIJT 103 MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP TORRES, ALICIA M

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3735 Ex Parte COPELAND et al 12409779 - (D) GUIJT 112(2) 103 GRIFFITHS & SEATON PLLC (IBM) REDDY, SUNITA

3761 Ex Parte Kraus 11382165 - (D) McCOLLUM 112(1)/112(2) 103 Johnson & Johnson ZALUKAEVA, TATYANA

3773 Ex Parte Willard et al 12391638 - (D) MARSCHALL 103 SEAGER, TUFTE & WICKHEM, LLC HOUSTON, ELIZABETH

REHEARING

DENIED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2159 Ex Parte Gross 12191951 - (D) NAPPI 103 PATENTBEST MAMILLAPALLI, PAVAN

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2424 Ex Parte Swix et al 11212368 - (R) MacDONALD 112(1) AT&T Legal Department - SZ SHELEHEDA, JAMES R

Friday, July 24, 2015

nix, Phillips, boon

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1717 Ex Parte Chappa et al 12109139 - (D) OWENS 103 PAULY, DEVRIES SMITH & DEFFNER, L.L.C. BOWMAN, ANDREW J

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2681 Ex Parte Campagne et al 12145793 - (D) WHITEHEAD JR. 103 OBLON, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, L.L.P. NGUYEN, HUNG T

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3612 Ex Parte Hawkins et al 12756788 - (D) STAICOVICI 102 HENRICKS SLAVIN AND HOLMES LLP CHENEVERT, PAUL A

3693 Ex Parte Paulsen et al 11609792 - (D) FETTING 112(2)/103 ALSTON & BIRD LLP AMELUNXEN, BARBARA J

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2443 Ex Parte Karve et al 12541760 - (D) KATZ 103 103 F. CHAU & ASSOCIATES, LLC (IBM) NGUYEN, PHUOC H

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3763 Ex Parte Gordon et al 11972232 - (D) PER CURIAM 102 102/103 ALCON WILSON, LARRY ROSS

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2144 Ex Parte Kohar et al 12531157 - (D) COURTENAY 103 PHILIPS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & STANDARDS AMIN, MUSTAFA A

2144 Ex Parte Fux et al 11694361 - (D) WINSOR 103 BLACKBERRY (Finnegan) TAPP, AMELIA L

2157 Ex Parte LeTourneau 11007139 - (D) SAADAT 103 BERKELEY LAW & TECHNOLOGY GROUP, LLP LE, JESSICA N

2159 Ex Parte Boroczky et al 12747615 - (D) MCMILLIN 103 PHILIPS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & STANDARDS REYES, MARIELA D

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2473 Ex Parte Du 12744461 - (D) GALLIGAN 103 Oppedahl Patent Law Firm, LLC- China Pat LIU, JUNG

2487 Ex Parte Iddan et al 11295491 - (D) NAPPI 103/double patenting Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP DIEP, NHON THANH

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2673 Ex Parte Price et al 11469833 - (D) TROCK 103 DUFT BORNSEN & FETTIG, LLP HUNTSINGER, PETER K

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3657 Ex Parte Bruch 11819233 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP KING, BRADLEY T

3683 Ex Parte OSULLIVAN 12631431 - (D) FETTING 103 BAINWOOD HUANG & ASSOCIATES LLC LOTUS AND RATIONAL SOFTWARE WALKER III, GEORGE H

3695 Ex Parte Feinstein et al 12425282 - (D) KIM 102/103 112(2) Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. PUTTAIAH, ASHA

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3741 Ex Parte Davis et al 13368677 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 CARLSON, GASKEY & OLDS/PRATT & WHITNEY SUTHERLAND, STEVEN M

3741 Ex Parte Porte et al 12307881 - (D) JESCHKE 103 Dickinson Wright PLLC MEADE, LORNE EDWARD

3752 Ex Parte Strong 11077273 - (D) MURPHY 112(1)/112(2) 112(1)/102 FLETCHER YODER KIM, CHRISTOPHER S

REEXAMINATION

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2821 WINEGARD CO. Requester and Respondent v. ELECTRONIC CONTROLLED SYSTEMS d/b/a KING CONTROLS Patent Owner and Appellant Ex Parte 7679573 et al 12/004,099 95000560 - (D) JEFFERY 103 Skaar Ulbrich Macari, P.A. For THIRD PARTY REQUESTOR: OBLON, SPIVAK, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, L.L.P TON, MY TRANG original MANCUSO, HUEDUNG XUAN CAO

REHEARING

GRANTED
Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2835 SUPERIOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Requester and Cross Appellant v. VOLTSTAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Patent Owner and Appellant Ex Parte 7960648 et al 12/251,882 95002378 - (D) BAUMEISTER 112(1)/112(2) 102/103 Schneider Rothman IP Law Group Third Party Requester: Snell & Wilmer MENEFEE, JAMES A original MAYO III, WILLIAM H

Unlike the two newly-cited Abdelatti Ali and Ikeda patent documents, which we refuse to consider, we will consider the two dictionary definitions. See 37 C.F.R. § 41.30 (“Evidence means something (including testimony, documents and tangible objects) that tends to prove or disprove the existence of an alleged fact, except that for the purpose of this subpart Evidence does not include dictionaries, which may be cited before the Board.” See also the explanatory comments regarding new Rule § 41.30 (2011): 

Final Bd.R. 41.30 adopts the definition of ‘‘Evidence’’ from Black’s Law Dictionary to provide clarity regarding the use of that term in Subpart B. Toward that end, final Bd.R. 41.30 makes clear that for the purposes of Subpart B, ‘‘Evidence’’ does not encompass dictionaries. Excluding dictionaries from the definition of ‘‘Evidence’’ thus allows appellants to refer to dictionaries in their briefs, which would otherwise be precluded under final Bd.R. 41.33(d)(2) (absent existence of one of the enumerated exceptions). It further allows examiners to refer to dictionaries in the examiner’s answers without automatically rendering a rejection a new ground under final Bd.R. 41.39(a)(2). Treating dictionaries in this manner is consistent with Supreme Court and Federal Circuit precedent, which contemplate that such materials may be consulted by tribunals “at any time.” See, e.g., Nix v. Hedden, 149 U.S. 304, 307 (1893) (citations omitted) (admitting dictionaries to understand the ordinary meaning of terms “not as evidence, but only as aids to the memory and understanding of the court”); Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303, 1322–23 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (en banc) (“[J]udges are free to consult dictionaries and technical treatises at any time in order to better understand the underlying technology and may also rely on dictionary definitions when construing claim terms, so long as the dictionary definition does not contradict any definition found in or ascertained by a reading of the patent documents.”) (citation omitted); In re Boon, 439 F.2d 724, 727–28 (CCPA 1971) (holding citation to dictionary was not tantamount to the assertion of a new ground of rejection “where such a reference is a standard work, cited only to support a fact judicially noticed and, as here, the fact so noticed plays a minor role, serving only to fill in the gaps which might exist in the evidentiary showing made by the Examiner to support a particular ground for rejection.” (emphasis and internal quotations omitted)). Thus, the Office feels it is logical to permit the applicant and examiner to submit them to the Board during the briefing stage. 

Federal Register (Vol. 76; No. 225; 72270 at 72272–73).

Phillips v. AWH Corp., 415 F.3d 1303, 75 USPQ2d 1321 (Fed. Cir. 2005) 2111 2111.01 2143.01 2258

Thursday, July 23, 2015

IPXL, lyell

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1761 Ex Parte Hutton et al 12794240 - (D) ABRAHAM 103 41.50 112(2) THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY BOYER, CHARLES I

Claiming two statutory classes within a single claim renders the claim indefinite.  IPXL Holdings, L.L.C. v. Amazon.com, Inc., 430 F.3d 1377, 1384 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (noting that "as a result of the combination of two separate statutory classes of invention, a manufacturer or seller of the claimed apparatus would not know from the claim whether it might also be liable for contribitory infringement because a buyer or user of the apparatus later performs the claimed method of using the apparatus"); Ex parte Lyell, 17 USPQ2d 1548, 1551 (1990) (holding that including a method of use in an apparatus claim renders a claim indefinite under 35 U.S.C. 112).

IPXL Holdings v. Amazon.com, Inc., 430 F.2d 1377, 77 USPQ2d 1140 (Fed. Cir. 2005) 2173.05(p)

Lyell, Ex parte, 17 USPQ2d 1548 (Bd. Pat. App. & Inter. 1990) 2173.05(p)

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2423 Ex Parte Hallberg et al 11367939 - (D) FISHMAN 103 CHERNOFF VILHAUER MCCLUNG & STENZEL, LLP BANTAMOI, ANTHONY

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2462 Ex Parte Gordon et al 11961010 - (D) HUDALLA 103 103 GARLICK & MARKISON RUSSELL, WANDA Z

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3631 Ex Parte MCCOY 12341042 - (D) JESCHKE 103 103 WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION - MD 3601 CHAN, KO HUNG

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2158 Ex Parte Clarke et al 12354741 - (D) KUMAR 103 GRIFFITHS & SEATON PLLC (IBM) SMITH, BRANNON W

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2494 Ex Parte Hicks 12550025 - (D) ENGELS 102/103 PEPPER HAMILTON LLP ALATA, AYOUB

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3632 Ex Parte Greb et al 12414736 - (D) SMEGAL 103 COATS & BENNETT, PLLC GARFT, CHRISTOPHER

3674 Ex Parte Slay et al 11682697 - (D) WARNER 103 FISH & RICHARDSON P.C. DITRANI, ANGELA M

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3728 Ex Parte Coltri-Johnson 11729375 - (D) HORNER 112(1) 112(1)/112(2)/102/103 WOMBLE CARLYLE SANDRIDGE & RICE, LLP PAGAN, JENINE MARIE

REHEARING

DENIED
Tech Center 2600 Communications
2619 Ex Parte Posa et al 12197635 - (R) SHAW 103 GIFFORD, KRASS, SPRINKLE,ANDERSON & CITKOWSKI, P.C HARRISON, CHANTE E

2631 Ex Parte Sedarat 11377114 - (R) THOMAS 103 STERNE, KESSLER, GOLDSTEIN & FOX P.L.L.C. YU, LIHONG

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

hewlett-packard, schreiber

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1637 Ex Parte Moser et al 12425088 - (D) ADAMS 103 Parker Highlander PLLC Luminex Corporation MUMMERT, STEPHANIE KANE

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2162 Ex Parte Hopwood et al 12875276 - (D) ENGELS 103 Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. (Adobe Systems Incorporated) FLEURANTIN, JEAN B

2184 Ex Parte Hu 13315763 - (D) PINKERTON 102 MURPHY, BILAK & HOMILLER/LANTIQ DEUTSCHLAND GMBH BORROMEO, JUANITO C

2184 Ex Parte Wilson et al 12841761 - (D) HOFF 103 HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY PEYTON, TAMMARA R

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2168 Ex Parte FRIEDLANDER et al 12572003 - (D) PINKERTON 103 103 Law Office of Jim Boice OWYANG, MICHELLE N

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1632 Ex Parte Yoo et al 11279671 - (D) MILLS 103 MYERS BIGEL SIBLEY & SAJOVEC PARAS JR, PETER

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1733 Ex Parte Gupta et al 11935439 - (D) KAISER 103 REISING ETHINGTON P.C. General Motors Corporation YANG, JIE

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2441 Ex Parte Huysegems et al 12619281 - (D) LENTIVECH 103 FAY SHARPE/LUCENT DUONG, OANH

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3772 Ex Parte Biddinger et al 12660650 - (D) WIEKER 112(1)/112(2)/103 MCKELLAR IP LAW, PLLC HICKS, VICTORIA J

“[A]pparatus claims cover what a device is, not what a device does.” Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Bausch & Lomb Inc., 909 F.2d 1464, 1468 (Fed. Cir. 1990). If a prior art structure is capable of performing a claimed intended use, then it meets the claim. See, e.g., In re Schreiber, 128 F.3d 1473, 1477 (Fed. Cir. 1997).

Hewlett-Packard Co. v. Bausch & Lomb Inc., 909 F.2d 1464, 15 USPQ2d 1525 (Fed. Cir. 1990) 2114

Schreiber, In re, 128 F.3d 1473, 44 USPQ2d 1429 (Fed. Cir. 1997) 2111.02 2112 2114

REHEARING

DENIED
Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3689 Ex Parte Villena et al 10536692 - (R) McSHANE 101/102/103 Northern Virginia Law and Technology Services, LLC RUHL, DENNIS WILLIAM