A few examples of successful appeal decisions are summarized below:
- USP 7,421,650: In this case, the Examiner rejected claims as being obvious over a combination of prior art references under 35 USC 103(a). The Examiner was reversed because the Examiner failed to allege that the addition of references to a primary reference cured deficiencies of the primary reference. Accordingly, the Examiner had failed to establish a prima facie case of obviousness.
- USP 7,288,740: The Examiner rejected all claims as being obvious over a combination of prior art references under 35 USC 103(a). The rejections were reversed because it was demonstrated that the Examiner had relied upon impermissible hindsight in piecing together the prior art to arrive at Applicant’s invention.
- USP 7,581,885: BPAI reversed the Examiner’s 35 USC 102 rejection based on our argument that the Examiner was using a term definition that was not consistent with that defined in the Specification. The Examiner’s rejections under 35 USC 103(a) were also reversed based on our argument that the Examiner used had impermissible hindsight and mere conclusory statements to support the obviousness rejection.
- US 2006/0151446: In this case, the Examiner rejected all the Applicant’s claims as being anticipated by the prior art under 35 USC 102(b). The rejections were reversed because it was demonstrated that the function claimed was not an inherent characteristic of the prior art.
* The Appeal Success Rate represents the percentage
of prior cases in which, after initiating the USPTO
appeal process, prosecution was reopened, the case
was allowed, or the BPAI reversed the Examiner’s
rejection in whole or in part. The prior results referred
to in this website do not guarantee or suggest a similar
outcome in any future case.
** Results current as of January 2015 and include 177 cases.