Patent prosecution is more than drafting patents--it is also advocating patentability. The challenge that each patent prosecutor be an effective draftsman and advocate is compounded by mounting pressure to procure high quality patents at minimum cost. There is a need for a quick, reliable reference to assist prosecutors in creating, researching, and supporting patentability arguments.
In the U.S. Patent Prosecutor's Desk Reference, Joshua P. Graham and Thomas G. Marlow assist patent prosecutors in responding to Office Actions issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) rejecting patent application claims. It provides a comprehensive and updated source of law, organized by sections corresponding to the types of rejections made by the USPTO. Each section of this reference work includes the basis for the rejection, responses to the rejection, and legal authority supporting the responses.
This desk reference cites six different authority sources: statutes that govern the granting of patents; the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure, Eighth Edition, which dictates how examiners determine whether a patent application should be allowed; decisions by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, which is the administrative body of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that reviews decisions made by the examiners; the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, which was the body that reviewed decisions made by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences until the Federal Circuit came into existence in 1982; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which reviews decisions made by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences; and the selected opinions of the United States Supreme Court . The U.S. Patent Prosecutor's Desk Reference provides a comprehensive and reliable guide for prosecutors who create, research, and support patentability arguments.
Discussions of the decisions made by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit generally have four parts: Technology Area, Quotable Language, Rejection Response, and Relevant Facts.
This 2013 Edition includes all cases from the Federal Circuit and Board of Patent Appeals
through December 31, 2012, and is updated with:
-Federal Circuit and Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences opinions issued in 2012
-The addition of a sixth authority source of the selected opinions of the United States Supreme Court
-Statutes as amended by the American Invents Act
-Full text of cited sources available at www.usppdr.com
Joshua P. Graham was Patent Counsel for Research In Motion, where he managed an international patent portfolio for the Advanced Technology group. He was also a Senior Editor for IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Steven J. McAuliffe, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Mr. Graham is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).
Thomas G. Marlow is Intellectual Property Counsel and Director at Fairchild Semiconductor, where he manages worldwide product line and business unit patent strategy, enforcement, and procurement. His work includes generating a strong intellectual property portfolio around Fairchild's current and future technology focus areas. Previously, Mr. Marlow worked for Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, where his patent practice included prosecution and analysis of technologies in the electronic arts, including semiconductors, integrated circuit design and fabrication, wireless communications, and computer networks.
Table of Contents
Rejections and Responses
1000 35 U.S.C. 101 Inventions patentable.
2000 35 U.S.C. 102 Conditions for patentability; novelty and loss of right to patent.
3000 35 U.S.C. 103 Conditions for patentability, non-obvious subject matter.
4000 35 U.S.C. 112 Specification.
5000 Double Patenting
6000 35 U.S.C. 171 Patents for design.
7000 35 U.S.C. 251 Reissue of defective patents.
8000 Res Judicata
Applications Filed Prior to March 16, 2013
Application Filed On or After March 16, 2013
Tables of Cases
Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences