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Friday, July 21, 2017

warner-jenkinsen

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1611 Ex Parte Diegelmann et al 12797662 - (D) TOWNSEND 103 WHITHAM, CURTIS & COOK, P.C. GHALI, ISIS A D

Moreover, because the claim requires both promoting hemostasis and “stanching” separate and apart from promoting hemostasis, and because each limitation in a claim is material to defining the scope of the invention, Warner-Jenkins on Co., Inc. v. Hilton Davis Chemical Co., 520 U.S. 17, 29 (1997) (“Each element contained in a patent claim is deemed material to defining the scope of the patented invention”), we construe the term “stanch” as used in claim 19 to mean stopping or restricting the flow of blood to a wound.

Warner-Jenkinsen Co. v. Hilton Davis Chemical Co., 520 U.S. 17, 41 USPQ2d 1865 (1997) 2144.05 2183 2184 2186

1649 Ex Parte BARON et al 12763926 - (D) COTTA 112(1)/101 Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP ULM, JOHN D

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1747 Ex Parte KALJURA 14432422 - (D) GAUDETTE 103 CANTOR COLBURN LLP NGUYEN, PHU HOANG

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2867 Ex Parte NAGPAL et al 13238418 - (D) GARRIS 103 HONEYWELL/WOOD PHILLIPS ASTACIO-OQUENDO, GIOVANNI

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3745 Ex Parte Shafer et al 13188831 - (D) PESLAK 103 CARLSON, GASKEY & OLDS, P.C. SEHN, MICHAEL L

3762 Ex Parte Davis et al 12771475 - (D) ADAMS 112(2)/102 41.50 102 SHUMAKER & SIEFFERT , P.A ALTER MORSCHAUSER, ALYSSA MARGO

3762 Ex Parte Kelly et al 12537362 - (D) FREDMAN 103 PAULY, DEVRIES SMITH & DEFFNER, L.L.C. MAHMOOD, NADIA AHMAD

3762 Ex Parte Torgerson et al 12579036 - (D) GUIJT 102/103 SHUMAKER & SIEFFERT , P.A LEVICKY, WILLIAM J

3766 Ex Parte Barker et al 13864030 - (D) FLAX 103 41.50 103 Lowe Graham Jones Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corp. PLATES KI, ERIN M

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1611 Ex Parte Diegelmann et al 11884363 - (D) TOWNSEND 103 103 WHITHAM, CURTIS & COOK, P.C. GHALI, ISIS A D

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3763 Ex Parte Grinberg 12055075 - (D) HOFFMANN 112(1)/103 112(1) RYAN, MASON & LEWIS, LLP BOSWORTH, KAMI A

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1633 Ex Parte Maeda et al 13719926 - (D) MILLS 112(1)/double patenting FISH & RICHARDSON P.C. (BO) WEHBE, ANNE MARIE SABRINA

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1765 Ex Parte Trouillet-Fonti et al 13320718 - (D) ROSS 103 DENTONS US LLP ZEMEL, IRINA SOPJIA

1791 Ex Parte She et al 12735269 - (D) OWENS 103 Nestle Purina Petcare Global Resources, Inc SAYALA, CHHAYA D

1792 Ex Parte Eaton et al 13625935 - (D) BEST 103 41.50 103 Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. WILLIAMS, LELA

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2648 Ex Parte Kazmi et al 13814971 - (D) KUMAR 103 Murphy, Bilak & Homiller/Ericsson HUANG, WEN WU

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3600 Ex Parte Koningstein 10748682 - (D) SILVERMAN 103 Foley & Lardner LLP PLUCINSKI, JAMISUE A

3629 Ex Parte Bhagwan et al 12195126 - (D) THOMAS 101/103 CANTOR COLBURN LLP - IBM ARC DIVISION PRATT, EHRIN LARMONT

3674 Ex Parte Van Den Berg et al 12743314 - (D) STEPHENS 102/103 SHELL OIL COMPANY ASTACIO-OQUENDO, GIOVANNI

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3732 Ex Parte Casement et al 11197743 - (D) SCHNEIDER 103 Sheridan Ross PC NELSON, MATTHEW M

Thursday, July 20, 2017

unigene, interconnect

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2154 Ex Parte Yonezawa 11215432 - (D) DEJMEK 103 Cuenot, Forsythe & Kim, LLC NGUYEN, THU N

Additionally, “[o]bviousness requires more than a mere showing that the prior art includes separate references covering each separate limitation in a claim under examination.” Unigene Labs., Inc. v. Apotex, Inc., 655 F.3d 1352, 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2011). Moreover, while it is well-established that any obviousness analysis must, on some level, rely on hindsight, it is impermissible to engage in a hindsight reconstruction of the claimed invention, using the applicant’s invention as a template and selecting elements from references to fill the gaps. Interconnect Planning Corp. v. Feil, 774 F.2d 1132, 1143 (Fed. Cir. 1985).

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2468 Ex Parte Nason et al 11674771 - (D) SHIANG 103 MITEL NETWORKS CORP. c/o MICHELLE WHITTINGTON PERRY + CURRIER INC. (FOR MITEL) PHUNG, LUAT

2673 Ex Parte Nara 12625971 - (D) PINKERTON 103 SUGHRUE MION, PLLC WALLACE, JOHN R

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3662 Ex Parte Elliott 13477692 - (D) ASTORINO 103 Caterpillar c/o LEYDIG, VOIT & MAYER, LTD NGUYEN, NGA X

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3724 Ex Parte Aquino et al 13644781 - (D) McCARTHY 103 DICKINSON WRIGHT PLLC ALIE, GHASSEM

3742 Ex Parte Kohl et al 13231556 - (D) SCHOPFER 103 Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, P.C. SINGH, AMIT K

3744 Ex Parte Schwerer et al 12920651 - (D) PESLAK 103 FACTOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW GROUP, LTD. SULLENS, TAVIA L

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3781 Ex Parte Tompkins 13191312 - (D) GUIJT 102 102/103 DOCKET CLERK COLLADO, CYNTHIA FRANCISCA

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1747 Ex Parte Kaes et al 13181773 - (D) McMANUS 103 THE GOODYEAR TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY FISCHER, JUSTIN R

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2612 Ex Parte HAKURA et al 14058053 - (D) BEAMER 103 Artegis Law Group, LLP/NVIDIA HE, WEIMING

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2853 Ex Parte Murphy et al 14900957 - (D) KUMAR 112(2) 103 HP Inc. VALENCIA, ALEJANDRO

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3695 Ex Parte KANJLIA et al 14109017 - (D) MEYERS 101 Finnegan/Capital One DONLON, RYAN D

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3722 Ex Parte Piper 12822941 - (D) HOFFMANN 103 Klintworth & Rozenblat IP LLC GATES, ERIC ANDREW

3763 Ex Parte Dimashkieh et al 13822627 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 Richard C. Litman DARB, HAMZA A.

3763 Ex Parte Senarith et al 13840196 - (D) SCHOPFER 103 DYKEMA GOSSETT PLLC (STJ) STIGELL, THEODORE J

3775 Ex Parte Kang et al 13178148 - (D) SMITH 103 MILLER, MATTHIAS & HULL LLP BECCIA, CHRISTOPHER J

REEXAMINATION

AFFIRMED
2764 Ex Parte 6,173,267 B1 et al Ex Parte Cairns 90/012,264 09028718 13589343 - (D) SIU 101/103 DAVID M. QUINLAN, P.C. THIRD PARTY REQUESTER: LOEB & LOEB, LLP WORJLOH, JALATEE

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

syntex, Phillips, openwave, omega, schindler, poly-america

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2185 Ex Parte WILLIAMS et al 12764002 - (D) HUME 102 Sheridan Ross P.C. HUYNH, KIM T

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2877 Ex Parte Chen et al 13900465 - (D) DELMENDO 112(1) Entropy Matters LLC TON, TRI T

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3632 Ex Parte Lewis 13253122 - (D) WARNER 103 PAULEY ERICKSON & KOTTIS GARFT, CHRISTOPHER

3675 Ex Parte Litis et al 13566431 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 CARLSON, GASKEY & OLDS, P.C. BYRD, EUGENE G

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3742 Ex Parte Gale et al 13618300 - (D) CAPP 102/103 BROOKS KUSHMAN P.C./FGTL PAIK, SANG YEOP

3744 Ex Parte Kanemaru et al 13030465 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 Rankin Hill & Clark LLP FURDGE, LARRY L

3754 Ex Parte Van Der Straaten 12162289 - (D) McCARTHY 103 BOZICEVIC, FIELD & FRANCIS LLP WEISS, NICHOLAS J

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2184 Ex Parte CHAN et al 13688887 - (D) MORGAN 103 103 41.50 112(2)/103 International IP Law Group, P.L.L.C. BORROMEO, JUANITO C

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2435 Ex Parte Chebiyyam et al 14289859 - (D) BENNETT 102 102 41.50 102/103 Blank Rome. LLP - McAfee TRUVAN, LEYNNA THANH

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3723 Ex Parte Palushaj 14062550 - (D) HOELTER 103 112(2)/103 Bejin Bieneman PLC NGUYEN, DUNG V

3742 Ex Parte Forrest et al 11675455 - (D) STAICOVICI 103 103 BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP ROSS, DANA

3775 Ex Parte Carr et al 13440406 - (D) SMITH 103 103 Barnes & Thornburg LLP (IN) KU, SI MING

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1613 Ex Parte Maitra et al 13178899 - (D) MILLS 103 JOHNSON & JOHNSON STEVENS, MARK V

1617 Ex Parte LOUPENOK 13553036 - (D) NEWMAN 103/double patenting NATH, GOLDBERG & MEYER Glaxco Smith Kline PIPIC, ALMA

Under the proper legal standard, a reference will teach away when it suggests that the developments flowing from its disclosures are unlikely to produce the objective of the applicant’s invention. ... A statement that a particular combination is not a preferred embodiment does not teach away absent clear discouragement of that combination. . . .

Syntax (U.S.A.) LLCv. Apotex, Inc., 407 F.3d 1371, 1380 (Fed. Cir. 2005) (citations omitted).

1655 Ex Parte Fabris et al 12387694 - (D) LEBOVITZ 101 101/103 Abel Law Group, LLP TATE, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2127 Ex Parte Othman 13802285 - (D) JIVANI 103 Law Office of Kenneth C. Brooks AZAD, MD ABUL K

2132 Ex Parte Sela et al 12775962 - (D) SILVERMAN 103 BGL/ MERCADO, RAMON A

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2645 Ex Parte Ryann 14223660 - (D) CUTITTA 103 Law Office of William F. Ryann SIVJI, NIZARN

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2838 Ex Parte Chancey et al 12546841 - (D) NAGUMO 102/103 TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED TRAN, NGUYEN

2895 Ex Parte Gohla et al 13883415 - (D) DENNETT 102/103 Fox Rothschild LLP PETERS, CHARLES R

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3625 Ex Parte Abdul Karim et al 12877796 - (D) SILVERMAN 101/103 ALLIANCE DATA C/O WAGNER BLECHER LLP DESAI, RESHA

3625 Ex Parte Taylor et al 11351881 - (D) FRAHM 101 MEYERTONS, HOOD, KIVLIN, KOWERT & GOETZEL, P.C. LEVINE, ADAM L

3628 Ex Parte COHEN 13630181 - (D) SILVERMAN 101 DOCKET CLERK HARRINGTON, MICHAEL P

3629 Ex Parte BORDEAUX et al 13796086 - (D) CRAIG 101/103/double patenting Greg Goshorn, P.C. FLEISCHER, MARK A

3654 Ex Parte WHITE 13276130 - (D) WARNER 103 SINORICA, LLC MANSEN, MICHAEL R

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3775 Ex Parte Ainsworth et al 13843651 - (D) FREDMAN 102/103 Fay Kaplun & Marcin, LLP YANG, ANDREW

3781 Ex Parte Rees 13138666 - (D) KINDER 103 Olson & Cepuritis, LTD. CASTRIOTTA, JENNIFER

3786 Ex Parte ROBERTS et al 12868768 - (D) TOWNSEND 112(2) 103 SHAY GLENN LLP AKAR, SERKAN

REHEARING

DENIED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1617 Ex Parte Koehler et al 13381441 - (D) SMITH 112(1)/103 Abel Law Group, LLP ALLEY, GENEVIEVE S

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2152 Ex Parte Peters et al 13838731 - (R) COURTENAY 101/103/double patenting Cuenot, Forsythe & Kim, LLC HO, BINH VAN

Because of the contradictory, ambiguous language in paragraph 12 of  Appellants’ Specification, we find no clear and unequivocal disclaimer. As explained by our reviewing court, even under the narrower Phillips standard of claim construction applied in infringement proceedings:

Disavowal can be effectuated by language in the specification or the prosecution history. See Phillips, 415 F.3d at 1316-17. In either case, the standard for disavowal is exacting, requiring clear and unequivocal evidence that the claimed invention includes or does not include a particular feature. See Openwave Sys., Inc. v. Apple Inc., 808 F.3d 509, 513-14 (Fed. Cir. 2015); Omega Eng’g., Inc. v. Raytek Corp., 334 F.3d 1314, 1323-26 (Fed. Cir. 2003). Ambiguous language cannot support disavowal. Omega, 334 F.3d at 1324; see also Schindler Elevator Corp. v. Otis Elevator Co., 593 F.3d 1275, 1285 (Fed. Cir. 2010).

Poly-America, L.P. v. API Industries, Inc., 839 F.3d 1131, 1136 (Fed. Cir. 2016).

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

Monday, July 17, 2017

urbanski, winner int'l

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2181 Ex Parte Chu et al 12846052 - (D) ENGLE 102/103 Seed IP Law Group LLP/EchoStar (290110) LEWIS-TAYLOR, DAYTON A.

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3626 Ex Parte COBB et al 13462374 - (D) WIEDER 101/103 Southeast IP Group, LLC. HUNTER, SEAN KRISTOPHER

3628 Ex Parte Amato 10474435 - (D) SILVERMAN 103 41.50 112(2) FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER LLP ERB, NATHAN

3632 Ex Parte Gya et al 13393292 - (D) HOELTER 103 Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP MILLNER, MONICA E

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3721 Ex Parte Roehm 12865647 - (D) HOFFMANN 102 NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT US LLP CHUKWURAH, NATHANIEL C

3725 Ex Parte Miranti 13199556 - (D) LORIN 103 Annelin & Gaskin LEWIS, JUSTIN V
REVERSED 3731 Ex Parte Hartley et al 13377453 - (D) KINDER 102/103 BGL/Cook - Chicago SZPIRA, JULIE ANN

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2439 Ex Parte Kalipatnapu et al 13629216 - (D) HOFF 103 103 Baker Botts L.L.P./Cisco Systems BROWN, CHRISTOPHER J

2441 Ex Parte Wideman 14515705 - (D) JEFFERY 103 103 Eschweiler & Potashnik, LLC PATEL, HITESHKUMAR R

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3631 Ex Parte Roberson et al 13550636 - (D) CAPP 103 103 BSH Home Appliances Corporation HAWN, PATRICK D

3668 Ex Parte Foster et al 14291987 - (D) NAPPI 102/103 101 Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP (Google) MARTINEZ BORRERO, LUIS A

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2142 Ex Parte Kritt et al 13751899 - (D) KUMAR 112(2)/103 Lieberman & Brandsdorfer BLAUFELD, JUSTIN R

2162 Ex Parte Powilleit et al 12708232 - (D) GALLIGAN 103 HONEYWELL/ADDITON CORRIELUS, JEAN M

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2613 Ex Parte Laughlin et al 14556865 - (D) JEFFERY 103 YEE & ASSOCIATES, P.C. LHYMN, SARAH

2686 Ex Parte BREMER 13901106 - (D) GALLIGAN 103 HONEYWELL/OLIFF PLC BROWN, VERNAL U

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2831 Ex Parte Agrawal et al 14033966 - (D) PER CURIAM 103 MCCORMICK, PAULDING & HUBER LLP REID JR, CHARLES H

 One of ordinary skill in the art may be motivated to pursue the desirable properties taught by one reference, even if that means foregoing the benefit taught by another reference. In re Urbanski, 809 F.3d 1237, 1244 (Fed. Cir. 2016). See also Winner Int'l Royalty Corp. v. Wang, 202 F.3d 1340, 1349 n.8 (Fed. Cir. 2000) (“The fact that the motivating benefit comes at the expense of another benefit, however, should not nullify its use as a basis to modify the disclosure of one reference with the teachings of another. Instead, the benefits, both lost and gained, should be weighed against one another.”).

2845 Ex Parte Elbinger et al 12867347 - (D) DENNETT 103 Cozen O'Connor PATEL, AMAL A

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3628 Ex Parte Boyer et al 11851828 - (D) WIEDER 101/103 Sabre/Travelocity and Alston & Bird LLP CHEN, GEORGE YUNG CHIEH

3694 Ex Parte HITCHMOTH 13834425 - (D) WIEDER 101/103 RENNER, OTTO, BOISSELLE & SKLAR, LLP ANDERSON, MICHAEL W

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3733 Ex Parte Siravo et al 13222904 - (D) DOUGAL 103 Fay Kaplun & Marcin, LLP PLIONIS, NICHOLAS J

Thursday, July 13, 2017

bancorp, donaldson

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REVERSED
Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3638 Ex Parte Droz 13791181 - (D) BAIN 103 CAHN & SAMUELS LLP JUNGE, KRISTINA N S
3693 Ex Parte Burke 13479221 - (D) HUTCHINGS 103 41.50 101 MARK TERRY, ESQ. FU, HAO

3693 Ex Parte Pradeep et al 12113870 - (D) LORIN 101/103 Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, LLC (Nielsen) KHATTAR, RAJESH

 see also Bancorp Servs., L.L.C. v. Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada (U.S.), 687 F.3d 1266, 1273—74 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (“[I]t will ordinarily be desirable—and often necessary—to resolve claim construction disputes prior to a § 101 analysis, for the determination of patent eligibility requires a full understanding of the basic character of the claimed subject matter.”)

For example, claim 1 recites a system that comprises “a data collector,” “a cross-modality response synthesizer,” and “a compressor.” There is no indication in the record before us that the Examiner has considered these limitations in light of the Specification in order to determine what claim 1 as a whole is “directed to.”

Claim 23 recites three means-plus-function limitations: “means for aligning,” “means for identifying,” and “means for transmitting.” Means-plus-function claim language must be construed in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 112, paragraph 6, by “look[ing] to the specification and interpret[ing] that language in light of the corresponding structure, material, or acts described therein, and equivalents thereof, to the extent that the specification provides such disclosure.” In re Donaldson Co., 16 F.3d 1189, 1193 (Fed. Cir. 1994) (en banc). ...  There is no indication in the record that the required analysis was performed.

Donaldson, In re, 16 F.3d 1189, 29 USPQ2d 1845 (Fed. Cir. 1994) 2111.01 2114

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3786 Ex Parte Cain et al 12868775 - (D) STEPHENS 103 SHAY GLENN LLP AKAR, SERKAN

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1782 Ex Parte Semersky et al 12144885 - (D) RANGE 103 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP YAGER, JAMES C

1788 Ex Parte OGAWA et al 13155872 - (D) NAGUMO 103 LEE & MORSE, P.C. DUCHENEAUX, FRANK D

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2139 Ex Parte Westlund et al 14510946 - (D) JEFFERY 112(2) 103 DOUGLAS L WELLER KNIGHT, PAUL M

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2831 Ex Parte Werjefelt 12859067 - (D) INGLESE 103 SHLESINGER, ARKWRIGHT & GARVEY LLP MIKAILOFF, STEFAN

2835 Ex Parte Polizzotto et al 13573131 - (D) HOUSEL 103 GORDON E. GRAY, III EDWARDS, ANTHONY Q

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3735 Ex Parte Zong 12919819 - (D) ADAMS 103 PHILIPS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & STANDARDS TRAN, THO Q

REHEARING

DENIED
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2491 Ex Parte VASWANI et al 12939702 - (R) PYONIN 103 Silver Spring Networks, Inc. PATEL, ASHOKKUMAR B

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

western union

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2863 Ex Parte PISARENCO et al 13490416 - (D) RANGE 102/103 STERNE, KESSLER, GOLDSTEIN & FOX P.L.L.C. DINH, LYNDA

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1676 Ex Parte Struck et al 13583350 - (D) NEW 103 MILLEN, WHITE, ZELANO & BRANIGAN, P.C. SKOWRONEK, KARLHEINZ R

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2139 Ex Parte Jayasimha et al 13899258 - (D) POTHIER 102/103 Rutan & Tucker, LLP WANG, EDWARD

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2847 Ex Parte Ishibashi et al 13867275 - (D) KRATZ 103 KENEALY VAIDYA LLP NGUYEN, CHAU N

2881 Ex Parte Pinappu et al 13872786 - (D) INGLESE 103 Mossman, Kumar and Tyler, PC TSAI, HSIEN C

cf. Western Union Co. v. Money Gram Payment Sys., 626 F.3d 1361, 1370 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (holding obvious “routine modifications that are a part of adapting a new technology to an existing system”). 

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3749 Ex Parte Arslan et al 12810925 - (D) BROWNE 103 KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON LLP SHIRSAT, VIVEK K

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ormco

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2424 Ex Parte Phillips et al 14035665 - (D) PYONIN 102/103 ERICSSON INC. BAIG, SAHAR A

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3685 Ex Parte VALENZUELA et al 12475836 - (D) MEDLOCK 103 Rimon P. C. WINTER, JOHN M

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3736 Ex Parte Weiss 14125737 - (D) FREDMAN 103 PHILIPS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & STANDARDS HINDENBURG, MAX F

3781 Ex Parte Denner et al 11476001 - (D) SMEGAL 102/103 Baker Botts LLP WEAVER, SUE A

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3661 Ex Parte Loera et al 11695261 - (D) HOELTER 112(1)/103 103 CARLSON, GASKEY & OLDS, P.C. KONG, SZE-HON

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3742 Ex Parte Schartner et al 11769261 - (D) SILVERMAN  103 103 41.50 112(2) QUARLES & BRADY LLP SINGH, AMIT K

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1645 Ex Parte Hunt 14215482 - (D) SMITH 101/double patenting ALLERGAN, INC. MINNIFIELD, NITA M

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2686 Ex Parte Houser et al 13635268 - (D) JEFFERY 112(2)/103 MOORE & VAN AT .TEN PLLC SHERWIN, RYAN W

Moreover, Simpson’s variable release position at least suggests a range of positions within the claimed range of open positions—an overlap triggering a presumption of obviousness. See Ormco Corp. v. Align Technology, Inc.,463 F.3d 1299, 1311 (Fed. Cir. 2006).

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3626 Ex Parte HANF et al 12651105 - (D) BAIN 101 SHOOK, HARDY & BACON L.L.P. (Cerner Corporation) HUNTER, SEAN KRISTOPHER

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3766 Ex Parte Rezai et al 13954181 - (D) CALVE 103/double patenting TAROLLI, SUNDHEIM, COVELL & TUMMINO L.L.P. WU, TONG E

Monday, July 10, 2017

alticor

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1767 Ex Parte SOUNIK et al 12132722 - (D) GARRIS 103 Covestro LLC GODENSCHWAGER, PETER F

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3649 Ex Parte Moessnang 12383831 - (D) JESCHKE 103 RROOKS KTTSHMAN P C HARMON, CHRISTOPHER R

We construe the limitation at issue to require that the “device” is capable of performing the recited functions—i.e., simultaneously (1) sealing the bag with the sealing bar, (2) venting the chamber, and (3) cutting the bag with the second cutting member to remove the neck of the bag. See Alticor Inc. v. Ultra-Sun Techs., Inc., 106 F. App’x 46, 47-48 (Fed. Cir. 2004) (construing “operable for” as “fit for or capable of’). Contrary to the Examiner’s position (Ans. 10), this language does limit the scope of the claim—namely, to structures capable of performing the recited functions. For the same reasons discussed above, the Examiner has not shown that the relied-upon prior art teaches a device capable of simultaneous cutting and sealing, as set forth among the recited functions.

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1631 Ex Parte Goddard et al 12944700 - (D) LEBOVITZ 101/103 Steinfl + Bruno LLP BORIN, MICHAEL L

1633 Ex Parte Caplan et al 10550590 - (D) ADAMS 103 TAROLLI, SUNDHEIM, COVELL & TUMMINO, LLP POPA, ILEANA

1651 Ex Parte Laughlin et al 11658065 - (D) FREDMAN 103 TAROLLI, SUNDHEIM, COVELL & TUMMINO, LLP KIM, TAEYOON

1678 Ex Parte Bergmann et al 10551298 - (D) LEBOVITZ 112/102/103 101/double patenting MILLEN, WHITE, ZELANO & BRANIGAN, P.C. FOSTER, CHRISTINE E

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1721 Ex Parte WADA et al 13933918 - (D) DERRICK 103 OBLON, MCCLELLAND, MAIER & NEUSTADT, L.L.P. RODEE, CHRISTOPHER D

1786 Ex Parte Datta et al 12192823 - (D) DERRICK 103 EXXONMOBIL CHEMICAL COMPANY CHOI, PETER Y

1799 Ex Parte Cecchi 13066296 - (D) McGEE 103 WILLIAM W. JONES HURST, JONATHAN M

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2157 Ex Parte Sinclair et al 12979526 - (D) PER CURIAM 103 TERADATA US, INC. CHANNAVAJJALA, SRIRAMA T

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2864 Ex Parte HELLWIG 12171926 - (D) DERRICK 102 Schiff Hardin LLP Infineon Technologies AG RIVERA VARGAS, MANUEL A

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3622 Ex Parte Tischer 11638273 - (D) ENGLE 101 103 AT&T Legal Department - SZ IOSIF, MARIO CINCINAT

3628 Ex Parte VAKHUTINSKY et al 13235919 - (D) ENGLE 101 MILES & STOCKBRIDGE P.C. Oracle International Corporation ERB, NATHAN

3638 Ex Parte Saxena et al 11945231 - (D) O’HANLON 103 41.50 103 DLA PIPER LLP (US ) JUNGE, KRISTINA N S

3662 Ex Parte Thompson 14013913 - (D) CUTITTA 102/103 BROOKS KUSHMAN P.C./FGTL ALSOMIRI, MAJDI A

Thursday, July 6, 2017

schulhauser

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2600 Communications
2658 Ex Parte Shostak 12389762 - (D) ENGELS 102 DLA PIPER LLP (US) VILLENA, MARK

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1799 Ex Parte Rapp 13074936 - (D) ADAMS 103 Flocel Inc. MARCHESCHI, MICHAEL A

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2124 Ex Parte BARRY et al 13731396 - (D) CUTITTA 103 FAY KAPLUN & MARCIN, LLP FIGUEROA, KEVIN W

2183 Ex Parte Chung et al 12814025 - (D) DESHPANDE 103 Davidson Sheehan LLP Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. LINDLOF, JOHN M

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2838 Ex Parte Wolf 13054477 - (D) PER CURIAM 103 ANDREWS KURTH KENYON LLP GBLENDE, JEFFREY A

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3657 Ex Parte Guether 12000502 - (D) DIXON 103 MAIER & MAIER, PLLC WILLIAMS, THOMAS J

3663 Ex Parte Arcot et al 11455442 - (D) WINSOR 103 Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC/HERE MUSTAFA, IMRAN K

We note as an initial matter that claim 1 is directed to a “method of collecting traffic data” (Br. (Claims App’x) 18) (a “process” (35 U.S.C. § 101)) and that the argued limitation is a conditional step that is only performed “when the location reference code has changed,” which need not happen. According to our precedent, as a matter of claim construction, the broadest reasonable interpretation of claim 1 encompasses a method in which the argued limitation is not performed. See Ex parte Schulhauser, Appeal No. 2013-007847, 2016 WL 6277792, at *3-5 (PTAB Apr. 28, 2016) (precedential).

Independent claims 16 and 17 recite limitations similar to the argued limitation of claim 1 and are argued similarly to claim 1. Compare Br. 9—18, with Br. 6—9. Unlike claim 1, however, claims 16 and 17 are directed to a “navigation system used in a vehicle” (Br. (Claims App’x) 20) and a “probe  vehicle for collecting traffic data” (id. at 21) respectively, placing them in a different statutory class from claim 1, i.e., a “machine” or system rather than a “process” or method under 35 U.S.C. § 101. The broadest reasonable interpretation of such machine claims requires that structure and logic be provided to perform all recited functions, even those that are conditional. See
Schulhauser, 2016 WL 6277792, at *6—7.

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3779 Ex Parte Kadykowski et al 13850429 - (D) FLAX 102/103 TERUMO CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS CORPORATION BOLER, RYNAE E

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

kao2, baxter travenol, merchant

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REVERSED
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2163 Ex Parte LI et al 13309300 - (D) BUSCH 103 Vista IP Law Group, LLP (Oracle) BLACK, LINH

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2847 Ex Parte Brown et al 14310413 - (D) GUPTA 103 ULMER & BERNE LLP NGUYEN, CHAU N

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3646 Ex Parte Hyde et al 12462332 - (D) CALVE 102/103 HolzerlPLaw, PC BURKE, SEAN P

3688 Ex Parte McElfresh et al 13617647 - (D) CRAWFORD 101/112(2)/102/103 BGL/Yahoo Holdings STIBLEY, MICHAEL R

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3741 Ex Parte Moehrle et al 13241443 - (D) BROWN 112(4)/103 SIEMENS CORPORATION BURKE, THOMAS P

3749 Ex Parte Martinchick et al 12121832 - (D) HORNER 112(2)/101/103 MacMillan, Sobanski & Todd, LLC - GM DECKER, PHILLIP

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3727 Ex Parte Reindle et al 14175421 - (D) LANEY 112(1)/112(2)/103 103 Michael Best & Friedrich LLP (TTiFC) MULLER, BRYAN R

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1764 Ex Parte TAKAHASHI et al 12353689 - (D) PAK 103 HOGAN LOVELLS US LLP HUHN, RICHARD A

1771 Ex Parte Ravishankar et al 13056246 - (D) FRANKLIN 103 POLSINELLI PC OLADAPO, TAIWO

As such, we turn to Appellants’ evidence of criticality, and we agree with the Examiner’s stated position in the record that Appellants’ showing of unexpected results is not convincing because the comparison made must be with the closet prior art such as Brant.2 Ans. 12—13. “[W]hen unexpected results are used as evidence of nonobviousness, the results must be shown to be unexpected compared with the closest prior art.”Kao Corp. v. Unilever U.S., Inc., 441 F.3d 963, 970 (Fed. Cir. 2006) quotingIn Re Baxter Travenol Labs., 952 F.2d 388, 392 (Fed. Cir. 1991). As a general guideline, the closest prior art is the reference that has the most claim limitations in common with the invention, bearing in mind the relative importance of particular limitations.In re Merchant, 575 F.2d 865, 868 (CCPA 1978).
Baxter Travenol Labs., In re, 952 F.2d 388, 21 USPQ2d 1281 (Fed. Cir. 1991) 2131.01 2145

Merchant, In re, 575 F.2d 865, 197 USPQ 785 (CCPA 1978) 716.02(e)

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2461 Ex Parte Liu et al 14281124 - (D) SAADAT 103 SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP MATTIS, JASON E

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2875 Ex Parte Gibson III et al 14007336 - (D) SQUIRE 103 PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V. HORIKOSHI, STEVEN Y

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3629 Ex Parte TROPP 13412233 - (D) FISCHETTI 103 112(1)/101 COOPER & DUNHAM, LLP JASMIN, LYNDA C

3637 Ex Parte Burgess et al 14531108 - (D) REPKO 103 STANDLEY LAW GROUP LLP ROERSMA, ANDREW MARK

3671 Ex Parte OHKUBO et al 14029497 - (D) MURPHY 103 DITTHAVONG & STEINER, P.C. MAYO-PINNOCK, TARA LEIGH

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3747 Ex Parte Hayman et al 13181981 - (D) CAPP 103 Cantor Colburn LLP-General Motors ZALESKAS, JOHNM

3753 Ex Parte Labrie et al 13103589 - (D) KERINS 102 CARLSON, GASKEY & OLDS, P.C. SANCHEZ-MEDINA, REINALDO

3761 Ex Parte Sutorius 13116992 - (D) SMEGAL 102/103 GREENBERG TRAURIG (LV) SASS, SARA A

3762 Ex Parte Polefko et al 13250283 - (D) COTTA 103 Pearne & Gordon LLP Greatbatch (QiG) LEVICKY, WILLIAM J

3778 Ex Parte Jafari et al 13059711 - (D) SHAH 102/103 101 Covidien LP BRYANT, ERIC C

Monday, July 3, 2017

wertheim, nett

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REVERSED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1632 Ex Parte Kinsella 13825542 - (D) MILLS 103 41.50 103 Bozicevic, Field & Francis LLP Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CHEN, SHIN LIN

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1756 Ex Parte ZHOU 13310311 - (D) SMITH 103 KOPPEL, PATRICK, HEYBL & PHILPOTT WITTENBERG, STEFANIE S

1791 Ex Parte Johal et al 13370802 - (D) FRANKLIN 103 FITCH, EVEN, TABIN & FLANNERY, LLP DICUS, TAMRA

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3688 Ex Parte McElfresh et al 13614947 - (D) CRAWFORD 101/102/103 BGL/Yahoo Holdings STIBLEY, MICHAEL R

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1711 Ex Parte Bookbinder et al 12346088 - (D) KRATZ 103 112(1) CORNING INCORPORATED MARKOFF, ALEXANDER

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2477 Ex Parte BAILLARGEON 13442196 - (D) PER CURIAM 103 103 Patent Portfolio Builders, PLLC REDDIVALAM, SRINIVASA R

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3654 Ex Parte Thogersen et al 13420444 - (D) PESLAK 103 102/103 MAGINOT, MOORE & BECK, LLP CAMPOS, JR, JUAN J

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1744 Ex Parte Praller et al 13328295 - (D) PER CURIAM 112(1)/103 The Linde Group SHAFI, LEITH S

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3627 Ex Parte Sundaresan et al 12398950 - (D) SHAW 101 SCHWEGMAN LUNDBERG & WOESSNER/EBAY BUCHANAN, CHRISTOPHER R

REEXAMINATION

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1656 Ex parte BILLION KING INTERNATIONAL LTD., Patent Owner and Appellant Ex Parte 7989593 et al 13/083,639 90013510 - (D) ROBERTSON 103 HOGAN LOVELLS US LLP FOR THIRD-PARTY REQUESTER: Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer DIAMOND, ALAN D original DESAI, ANAND U

REHEARING

DENIED
Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3683 Ex parte SIGNATURE SYSTEMS LLC, Patent Owner Ex Parte 8600807 et al 13/783,588 96000132 - (R) SIU 101 BARKUME & ASSOCIATES, P.C. WASSUM, LUKE S original MEINECKE DIAZ, SUSANNA M

Upon careful consideration of this issue, we agree with the Examiner that “[p]atentability decisions made during previous proceedings before the Office concerning the claims of any given patent have no bearing on patentability decisions made with respect to future proceedings concerning different patents having different claims.”  Ans. 5.  The Office, including the Board, must decide each case on its own merits, and the similarity of claims found patentable by another Examiner is not material to this proceeding.  See In re Wertheim, 541 F.2d 257, 264 (CCPA) (“it is immaterial in ex parte prosecution whether the same or similar claims have been allowed to others”); see also In re Nett Designs, 236 F.3d 1339, 1342 (Fed. Cir. 2001) (“The Board must decide each case on its own merits [and] the PTO’s allowance of prior registrations does not bind the Board or this court”).

Wertheim, In re, 541 F.2d 257, 191 USPQ 90 (CCPA 1976) 706.03(o) ,   1302.01 ,   2144.05 ,   2163 ,   2163.03 ,   2163.04 ,   2163.05