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REVERSED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1643 Ex Parte Sugiyama et al 13143492 - (D) LAVIER 112(1) FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER LLP HUFF, SHEELA JITENDRA

As such, the present appeal presents the same basic question addressed by the Federal Circuit in In re Brana, 51 F .3d 1560, 1564 (Fed. Cir. 1995): "what must the applicant prove regarding the practical utility or usefulness of the invention for which patent protection is sought"? For the Brana court and the present appeal, this issue of utility is an aspect of the enablement requirement under § 112 because "[o]bviously, if a claimed invention does not have utility, the specification cannot enable one to use it." Id. The Brana court made it clear that evidence of clinical efficacy is not a prerequisite: 

Usefulness in patent law, and in particular in the context of pharmaceutical inventions, necessarily includes the expectation of further research and development. The stage at which an invention in this field becomes useful is well before it is ready to be administered to humans. Were we to require Phase II testing in order to prove utility, the associated costs would prevent many companies from obtaining patent protection on promising new inventions, thereby eliminating an incentive to pursue, through research and development, potential cures in many crucial areas such as the treatment of cancer. 

Id. at 1568. 

Brana, In re, 51 F.3d 1560, 34 USPQ2d 1436 (Fed. Cir. 1995) 2107.01 ,   2107.03 ,   2164.01(c) ,   2107.02 ,   2164.02 ,   2164.04 ,   2164.07

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1798 Ex Parte Bui et al 14579858 - (D) HASTINGS 102/103 WOMBLE BOND DICKINSON (US) LLP WRIGHT, PATRICIA KATHRYN

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2131 Ex Parte ABE 14684796 - (D) SILVERMAN 103 Alliance IP, LLP-1 YEW, CHIE W

2136 Ex Parte Tsirkin et al 15251943 - (D) FRAHM 102 Haynes and Boone, LLP (50833) RUSSELL, ANDREW D

2182 Ex Parte REID et al 14461664 - (D) SILVERMAN 112(2)/102/103 NIXON & VANDERHYE, P.C. PAN, DANIEL H

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2613 Ex Parte Lyren 14823559 - (D) CRAIG 112(1) PHILIP S. LYREN, PC BRIER, JEFFERY A

2657 Ex Parte Beers et al 13976957 - (D) BUI 101 NIXON & VANDERHYE, P.C. JACKSON, JAKIEDA R

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2836 Ex Parte Melanson et al 13077421 - (D) GUPTA 103 PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V. AMRANY, ADI

2838 Ex Parte Rotzoll 12121580 - (D) ROBERTSON 103 MOSER TABOADA QUDDUS, NUSRAT

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3623 Ex Parte Eder 11262146 - (D) SHAH 101 BRUNDIDGE & STANGER, P.C. MANSFIELD, THOMAS L

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3726 Ex Parte AMANO 13372698 - (D) HOFFMANN 112(2)/103 KANESAKA BERNER AND PARTNERS LLP WILENSKY, MOSHE K

3761 Ex Parte Zikeli et al 14389062 - (D) HOFFMANN 103 GREER, BURNS & CRAIN, LTD PAIK, SANG YEOP

AFFIRMED-IN-PART
Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2191 Ex Parte Krauss 11618214 - (D) NAPPI 103 103 Cuenot, Forsythe & Kim, LLC WU, JUNCHUN

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2829 Ex Parte Goel et al 14673928 - (D) TIMM 103 103 Murphy, Bilak & Homiller, PLLC ARROYO, TERESA M

AFFIRMED
Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1619 Ex Parte Mohapatra et al 13773749 - (D) COTTA 103 Thomas Horstemeyer (USF) KASSA, TIGABU

1631 Ex Parte PANTALEONI 13719796 - (D) MILLS 101/103 Artegis Law Group, LLP/NVIDIA HARWARD, SOREN T

1657 Ex Parte CHASSARD et al 14761336 - (D) JENKS 103 RENNER OTTO BOISSELLE & SKLAR, LLP PERKINS, STEPHEN A

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1799 Ex Parte Harris 14121096 - (D) REN 103 Paul M. Denk JOYNER, KEVIN

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software
2174 Ex Parte Zadeh et al 13706182 - (D) ARPIN 112(2) 103 INNOVATION PARTNERS CHOW, DOON Y

Tech Center 2400 Networking, Multiplexing, Cable, and Security
2477 Ex Parte Amante et al 11314103 - (D) JURGOVAN 103 LEVEL 3 COMMUNICATIONS, LLC KANG, SUK JIN

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2695 Ex Parte Towell et al 13828234 - (D) BEAMER 103 PATTERSON Intellectual Property Law, P.C. KIYABU, KARIN A

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2871 Ex Parte YONEMURA 14601713 - (D) ROBERTSON 103 Studebaker & Brackett PC HSU, KENDRICK

2881 Ex Parte KAHEN et al 14060120 - (D) INGLESE 112(2) 103 Rhodes IP PLC OSENBAUGH-STEWART, ELIZA W

2894 Ex Parte Engel et al 15164063 - (D) GARRIS 103 OTDP HOFFMAN WARNICK LLC TRAN, TONY

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3621 Ex Parte DAVIS et al 13448745 - (D) BUSCH 103 101/103 Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole & Calderon, P.C. ZELASKIEWICZ, CHRYSTINAE

3622 Ex Parte Hu et al 13181344 - (D) NAPPI 103 101/103 Facebook/Fenwick MUNSON, PATRICIA H

3624 Ex Parte Cartwright 14270196 - (D) WIEDER 103 101/OTDP LOWE GRAHAM JONES, PLLC CHOY, PANG

3624 Ex Parte Ciprino et al 12971631 - (D) FISCHETTI 101 SCHMEISER, OLSEN & WATTS DICKERSON, TIPHANY B

3624 Ex Parte Godsey 13462056 - (D) MEDLOCK 101 SCHWEGMAN LUNDBERG & WOESSNER/EBAY KONERU, SUJAY

3625 Ex Parte Tannenbaum 13536290 - (D) FINAMORE 101/103 Laurence & Phillips IP Law LLP FADOK, MARK A

3628 Ex Parte Tannenbaum 13272826 - (D) FINAMORE 103 101 Laurence & Phillips IP Law LLP JOSEPH, TONY A S

3646 Ex Parte ZAUDERER 13584574 - (D) GUIJT 112(1)/112(2)/101/103 112(2) 41.50 112(1)/112(2) Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole & Calderon, P.C. O'CONNOR, MARSHALL P

3656 Ex Parte Nishikawa 14006816 - (D) PESLAK 103 WENDEROTH, LIND & PONACK, L.L.P. WAITS, ALAN B

3675 Ex Parte Givens et al 13398829 - (D) PLENZLER 103 PATTERSON & SHERIDAN, L.L.P. /Weatherford BYRD, EUGENE G

3684 Ex Parte Yen et al 12330487 - (D) CRAIG 112(2)/101/103 SHEPPARD, MULLIN, RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP CASEY, ALEXIS M

3686 Ex Parte Kos et al 13313424 - (D) THOMAS 103 101 Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP GORT, ELAINE L

3689 Ex Parte Moharram 10668133 - (D) MEDLOCK 112(1) 112(2)/101/103 OMAYMA E. MOHARRAM GILKEY, CARRIE STRODER

3695 Ex Parte Shuster et al 13919776 - (D) FISCHETTI 101 Coleman & Horowitt, LLP ROBINSON, KITO R

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3763 Ex Parte Downing 14541867 - (D) HOFFMANN 102/103 Locke Lord LLP RUPPERT, ERIC S

3791 Ex Parte Pu et al 12911233 - (D) KATZ 103 SCHWEGMAN LUNDBERG & WOESSNER/BSC CATINA, MICHAEL ANTHONY

3791 Ex Parte Van Den Heuvel et al 13810913 - (D) KATZ 112(1)/112(2) PHILIPS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY & STANDARDS KREMER, MATTHEW

4112 Ex Parte Hathaway et al 13452471 - (D) SZPONDOWSKI 101 Target Brands Inc. AN, JG TAI