AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
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I ATTORNEY DOCKET NO. CONFIRMATION NO.
FIRST NAMED INVENTOR
Daniel H. Maes
Karen A. Lowney, Esq.
Estee Lauder Companies
125 Pinelawn Road
Melville, NY 11747
WILLIS, MICHAEL A
DATE MAILED: 12/12/2001
Please find below and/or attached an Office communication concerning this application or proceeding.
PTO-90C (Rev. 07-01)
Application No. /St
OfficG Action Summan/
Michael A. Willis
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1 )E3 Responsive to communication(s) filed on 05 October 2001 .
2a)^ This action is FINAL. 2b)D This action is non-final.
3) Q Since this application is in condition for allowance except for formal matters, prosecution as to the merits is
closed in accordance with the practice under Ex parte Quayle, 1935 CD. 1 1 , 453 O.G. 213.
Disposition of Claims
4) ^ Claim(s) 1-20 is/are pending in the application.
4a) Of the above claim(s) is/are withdrawn from consideration.
5) Q Claim(s) is/are allowed.
6) ^ Claim(s) 1-20 is/are rejected.
7) D Claim(s) is/are objected to.
8) D Claim(s) are subject to restriction and/or election requirement.
9) ^ The specification is objected to by the Examiner.
10)D The drawing(s) filed on is/are: a)D accepted or b)D objected to by the Examiner.
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1 1 )□ The proposed drawing correction filed on is: a)D approved b)Q disapproved by the Examiner.
If approved, corrected drawings are required in reply to this Office action.
12) D The oath or declaration is objected to by the Examiner.
Priority under 35 U.S.C. §§119 and 120
13) D Acknowledgment is made of a claim for foreign priority under 35 U.S.C. § 1 19(a)-(d) or (f).
a)DAII b)D Some*c)D None of:
1 .□ Certified copies of the priority documents have been received.
2. D Certified copies of the priority documents have been received in Application No. .
3. Q Copies of the certified copies of the priority documents have been received in this National Stage
application from the International Bureau (PCT Rule 17.2(a)).
* See the attached detailed Office action for a list of the certified copies not received.
14) D Acknowledgment is made of a claim for domestic priority under 35 U.S.C. § 1 19(e) (to a provisional application).
a) □ The translation of the foreign language provisional application has been received.
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1 ) □ Notice of References Cited (PTO-892) 4) □ Interview Summary (PTO-41 3) Paper No(s). .
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3) □ Information Disclosure Statement(s) (PTO-1449) Paper No(s) . 6) O Other:
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
PTO-326 (Rev. 04-01)
Office Action Summary
Part of Paper No. 7
Application/Control Number: 09/773,351 Page 2
Art Unit: 1619
Applicant's amendment of 5 October 2001 is entered. Claims 1-20 are pending. Any .
previous rejections that are not restated in this Office Action are hereby withdrawn. The
text of those sections of Title 35, U.S. Code not included in this action can be found in a
prior Office action.
Response to Arguments
The specification is objected to for reasons as stated in a previous Office Action.
The objection was not traversed in applicants response of 5 October 2001. Therefore,
the objection is maintained.
Claim 18 is rejected under 35 USC 112, second paragraph, as being indefinite
for reasons as stated in a previous Office Action. The rejection was not traversed in
applicant's response. Therefore, the rejection is maintained.
Claim 19 is rejected under 35 USC 112, first paragraph, for reasons as stated in
a previous Office Action. The rejection was not traversed in applicant's response.
Therefore, the rejection is maintained.
The rejections based on Sebag et al (US Pat. 5,41 1 ,742) are withdrawn due to
applicant's argument that there is no reason for one of ordinary skill in the art to believe
that the particular salicylic derivatives of the reference have exfoliant activity.
Application/Control Number: 09/773,351 Page 3
Art Unit: 1619
Claims 1-20 are rejected under 35 USC 103(a) as being unpatentable over Ribier
et al (US Pat. 5,650,166) in view of Subbiah (US Pat. 6,150,381) for reasons as stated
in a previous Office Action. Applicant argues that the present invention is a simple
mixture of exfoliant and cholesterol sulfate while the cited references are directed at
lipid vesicles that encapsulate an aqueous active ingredient. Applicant argues that a
lipid vesicle is not a mixture of components. Applicant asserts that a mixture of
components is a random solution of components unlike a vesicle which is a discrete
arrangement of its components. Therefore, applicant argues that lipid vesicles do not
render obvious a mixture of components.
Applicant's arguments have been fully considered, but are not convincing. In
response to applicant's argument that the references fail to show certain features of
applicant's invention, it is noted that the feature upon which applicant relies (i.e., a
random organization of the components) is not recited in the rejected claims nor is it
taught in the specification. The specification teaches that the "combination of these two
components can be applied in any type of cosmetically or pharmaceutical^ acceptable
vehicle for topical application with which the active component is compatible" (page 5,
lines 12-13 of the instant application). It is the position of the examiner that a mixture as
claimed encompasses both random solutions of components as well as discretely
arranged components such as vesicles and their encapsulated ingredients.
THIS ACTION IS MADE FINAL. Applicant is reminded of the extension of time
policy as set forth in 37 CFR 1.136(a).
Application/Control Number: 09/773,351
Art Unit: 1619
A shortened statutory period for reply to this final action is set to expire THREE
MONTHS from the mailing date of this action. In the event a first reply is filed within
TWO MONTHS of the mailing date of this final action and the advisory action is not
mailed until after the end of the THREE-MONTH shortened statutory period, then the
shortened statutory period will expire on the date the advisory action is mailed, and any
extension fee pursuant to 37 CFR 1 .136(a) will be calculated from the mailing date of
the advisory action. In no event, however, will the statutory period for reply expire later
than SIX MONTHS from the mailing date of this final action.
Any inquiry concerning this communication or earlier communications from the
examiner should be directed to Michael A. Willis whose telephone number is (703) 305-
1679. The examiner can normally be reached on Mon. to Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
If attempts to reach the examiner by telephone are unsuccessful, the examiner's
supervisor, Diana L. Dudash can be reached on (703) 308-2328. The fax phone
numbers for the organization where this application or proceeding is assigned are (703)
308-2742 for regular communications and (703) 308-2742 for After Final
Any inquiry of a general nature or relating to the status of this application or
proceeding should be directed to the receptionist whose telephone number is (703) 308-
Michael A. Willis
Art Unit 1619
December 10, 2001
MICHAEL G. HARTLEY