Saturday, November 22, 2014

US 8,857,000: dry board eraser system

The inventor was in the third grade when the case was filed.

The case was prosecuted by Gearhart Law of Summit, New Jersey, the principal lawyer of which is Richard Gearhart, once of Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Yes, there was an examiner interview. It occurred on 14 July 2014. It was telephonic, and involved the examiner and attorney James Klobucar. Some claims were amended in view of prior art.

Klobucar is a law grad of Franklin Pierce (now University of New Hampshire School of Law ) and is co-author of the paper
Patent Landscape of Algae Biodiesel: Applicable Genetic Engineering Technologies. University of New Hampshire School of Law Educational Report (2011)

Of some relevance to this is the paper: Matthew R Preiss and Stanley P Kowalski, Algae and Biodiesel: Patenting Energized as Green Goes Commercial, 16 J. Comm. Biotech. 293 (2010)

Also of some relevance is T. J. Lundquist et al., "A Realistic Technology and Engineering Assessment of Algae Biofuel Production," [link: ]

which in turn cites to an abstract by J. T. Hauck, "Effects of simulated flue gas on growth of microalgae," from the 212th National ACS meeting.


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