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Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1615 Ex Parte Atanasoska et al 11855499 - (D) PRATS 103 FISH & RICHARDSON P.C. (BO) AL-AWADI, DANAH J

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1767 Ex Parte Wiercinski 11314325 - (D) McKELVEY 103 W. R. GRACE & CO.-CONN SALVITTI, MICHAEL A

Tech Center 3600 Transportation, Construction, Electronic Commerce, Agriculture, National Security, and License & Review
3634 Ex Parte Martin 11850571 - (D) MARTIN 103 Rutan & Tucker, LLP. REDMAN, JERRY E

3665 Ex Parte Takamatsu 10991858 - (D) KERINS 112(1)/103 OLIFF & BERRIDGE, PLC NGUYEN, CHUONG P

Reliance on this statement in arriving at the conclusion that the claims would have been obvious is improper, as it amounts to using Appellant’s own disclosure in the present application against him. See In re Katz, 687 F.2d 450 (CCPA 1982).

Katz, In re, 687 F.2d 450, 215 USPQ 14 (CCPA 1982) 715.01(c), 716.10, 804, 2132, 2132.01, 2133, 2136.05, 2137, 2138.02

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3767 Ex Parte Zawacki et al 11874447 - (D) BONILLA 103 Rutan & Tucker, LLP. PATEL, SHEFALI DILIP

Tech Center 1700 Chemical & Materials Engineering
1729 Ex Parte Son 11730697 - (D) GARRIS 103 102/103/obviousness-type double patenting ROBERT E. BUSHNELL & LAW FIRM RUDDOCK, ULA CORINNA

Tech Center 3900 Central Reexamination Unit (CRU)
1308 Ex parte Hitachi Metals, Ltd., Patent Owner and Appellant 90010759 5645651 08/485,183 ROBERTSON 102/obviousness-type double patenting obviousness-type double patenting 37 C.F.R. §41.50(b) 103 obviousness-type double patenting BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP JOHNSON, JERRY D original YEE, DEBORAH

If the same invention is not being claimed twice, a second question must be asked. The second analysis question is: Does any claim in the application define merely an obvious variation of an invention disclosed and claimed in the patent? In considering the question, the patent disclosure may not be used as prior art. This does not mean that the disclosure may not be used at all. . . . As pointed out above, in certain instances it may be used as a dictionary to learn the meaning of terms in a claim. It may also be used as required to answer the second analysis question above. . . . It must be noted that this use of the disclosure is not in contravention of the cases forbidding its use as prior art, nor is it applying the patent as a reference under 35 U.S.C. 103, since only the disclosure of the invention claimed in the patent may be examined.

In re Vogel, 422 F.2d 438, 441-442 (CCPA 1970)

In In re Basell Poliolefine Italia S.P.A., 547 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2008), our reviewing court stated:

Indeed, our predecessor court stated that a patent's disclosure may be used to determine whether an application claim is merely an obvious variation of an invention claimed in a patent. Vogel, 422 F.2d at 441-42. The court stated that the disclosure may be used to learn the meaning of terms and in “interpreting the coverage of [a] claim.” Id. at 441. It may also be used to answer the question whether claims merely define an obvious variation of what is earlier disclosed and claimed.

Basell, 547 F.3d at 1378.

Vogel, In re, 422 F.2d 438, 164 USPQ 619 (CCPA 1970) 804, 804.01, 804.02, 1504.06

Tech Center 1600 Biotechnology and Organic Chemistry
1627 Ex Parte Leveugle 10470519 - (D) GRIMES 103 37 C.F.R. § 41.50(b) 103 Sheridan Ross PC RAMACHANDRAN, UMAMAHESWARI

Tech Center 2100 Computer Architecture and Software

Tech Center 2600 Communications
2657 Ex Parte Bennett et al 11030919 - (D) HOFF 103 Ian M. Bennett LERNER, MARTIN

2686 Ex Parte Theuss 11956971 - (D) FRAHM 102/103 Dicke, Billig & Czaja, PLLC BLOUIN, MARK S

2695 Ex Parte Lee et al 10645868 - (D) WARD 103 STAAS & HALSEY LLP LAMB, CHRISTOPHER RAY

Tech Center 2800 Semiconductors, Electrical and Optical Systems and Components
2835 Ex Parte Searls et al 11588682 - (D) FRAHM 112(2)/102/103 TROP, PRUNER & HU, P.C. DINH, TUAN T

2885 Ex Parte Yoo et al 11600059 - (D) DIXON 102/103 MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY LLP NEGRON, ISMAEL

Tech Center 3700 Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, and Products & Design
3744 Ex Parte Lifson et al 10732134 - (D) DILLON 103 CARLSON, GASKEY & OLDS, P.C. JIANG, CHEN WEN


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