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Title: Method and apparatus for enhanced nano-spectroscopic scanning I have reviewed the examiner’s report, and I agree that there are appropriately raised objections. The applicant has chosen not to defend the application. They have provided no submissions disputing the objections, and have not proposed any amendment to attempt to overcome the objections. In these circumstances there are no reasonable prospects of the applicant overcoming the objections. The application should be refused.

VP Holding, LLC [2012] APO 2 (10 January 2012)

Last Updated: 11 January 2012

IP AUSTRALIA

 

AUSTRALIAN PATENT OFFICE

 

VP Holding, LLC [2012] APO 2

 

Patent Application: 2010214699

 

Title: Method and apparatus for enhanced nano-spectroscopic scanning

 

Patent Applicant: VP Holding, LLC

 

Delegate: E J Knock

 

Decision Date: 10 January 2012

 

Catchwords: PATENTS – examiner objection – case management of divisional applications – no response by applicant – application refused

 

Representation: Patent applicant: Danielle Burns, FB Rice & Co, Melbourne

 


IP AUSTRALIA

 

AUSTRALIAN PATENT OFFICE

 

Patent Application: 2010214699

 

Title: Method and apparatus for enhanced nano-spectroscopic scanning

 

Patent Applicant: VP Holding, LLC

 

Date of Decision: 10 January 2012

DECISION

I refuse the application.

REASONS FOR DECISION

Patent application 2010214699 was filed by VP Holding LLC as a divisional of application 2004227413 on 27 August 2010. An examination report issued on 25 August 2011, raising two objections. In line with the Commissioner’s approach to case management of divisionals, the report included the following note:

 

“Objection(s) 1 of my report is based on the same grounds objected to in the examination of patent application 2004227413- please see Examiner’s first report of 13 August 2008 on patent application 2004227413.Please note that if a response overcoming this objection is not filed within two months of the date of this report the Commissioner will consider whether to direct amendment of the application under section 107 or proceed to refuse the application under section 49(2) of the Act. If you intend to proceed under either of these provisions the Commissioner will notify you in writing and indicate the time and place you may be heard on the matter. In deciding the matter the Commissioner will consider all possible grounds of objection to the application not only those identified above.”

 

As no reply was received, the Commissioner issued a hearing notice in the following terms:

 

“The examination report of 25 August 2011 raised an objection(s) equivalent to that in the parent application. In line with our approach to case management of divisionals, you were given two months to respond to that report. As no response has been received, the matter will now be set for hearing.

 

I believe that it is possible to hear this matter on the basis of written submissions, so I allow you one (1) month from the date of this letter to file any submissions you wish. Your submissions should address the ground(s) of objection identified in the examination report. Once your submissions have been received, or alternatively if no submissions are received, the matter will be passed to a hearing officer to issue a written decision. Please note that it is possible for the Commissioner to refuse the application or direct amendment.

 

Alternatively, if you file amendments overcoming the objection(s) within this period, the Commissioner will not proceed with the hearing. However, if the amendments do not fully overcome the objection(s), you will be advised of this fact and the hearing may continue as above.”

 

The applicant has not provided any submissions.

 

The objection

 

I have reviewed the examiner’s report, and I agree that there are appropriately raised objections. The applicant has chosen not to defend the application. They have provided no submissions disputing the objections, and have not proposed any amendment to attempt to overcome the objections. In these circumstances there are no reasonable prospects of the applicant overcoming the objections. The application should be refused.

 

E J Knock
Delegate of the Commissioner of Patents

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