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March 20, 2014

Gaming Appeal

A vexatious corruption haunts the USPTO: examiners that repeatedly pull applications out of appeal with a new rejection. Freda Nelson plagued this inventor for years with her fresh witless rejections after my filing for appeal. In the recent patent board appeal - ex parte Sheklam (2012/009,005) - the offending unnamed examiner is caught out. Other experienced prosecutors report that examiners gaming the system in this way is not especially unusual. PTO management continues to largely turn a blind eye to this practice.

Posted by Patent Hawk at March 20, 2014 2:19 AM | Prosecution