A.J. Tibbetts

A.J. Tibbetts assists the Electrical & Computer Technologies group in counseling clients on IP best practices, filing for and obtaining patents, navigating acquisitions, patent litigation and challenging validity of patents at the patent office through “post grant” proceedings.

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Self-represented Inventors’ Unsuccessful Appeal Shows Value of Patent Attorneys

Posted by A.J. Tibbetts on Mar 30, 2016

A.J. Tibbetts

In re Steed stems from inventors’ attempts to represent themselves before a patent examiner, the patent office board of appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit). While the inventors put forth a valiant effort, their attempt to make use of a complex patent office procedure fell flat because both their arguments and their evidence were insufficiently crisp and clear.

What This Means to You

  • “Swearing behind” a reference can be a great tactic in patent prosecution to prevent problematic references from being considered by an examiner.
  • Ensure your arguments and evidence are clearly tied to the claims under consideration.
  • This tactic can only be used under the “old,” pre-AIA statutes, for patent applications filed before March 2013.
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Here, Wolf Greenfield attorneys summarize and identify key takeaways from recent patent law cases decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. View past case summaries here.

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