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Application No. 


Applicant(s) 


Notice of Allowability 


10/764,710 


HOFFMAN ET AL 


Examiner 


Art Unit 






Jyoti Nagpaul 


1743 





- The MAILING DATE of this communication appears on the cover sheet with the correspondence address- 
All claims being allowable, PROSECUTION ON THE MERITS IS (OR REMAINS) CLOSED in this application. If not included 
herewith (or previously mailed), a Notice of Allowance (PTOL-85) or other appropriate communication will be mailed in due course. THIS 
NOTICE OF ALLOWABILITY IS NOT A GRANT OF PATENT RIGHTS. This application is subject to withdrawal from issue at the initiative 
of the Office or upon petition by the applicant. See 37 CFR 1.313 and MPEP 1308. 

1 . CH This communication is responsive to . * 

2. The allowed claim(s) is/are 1-48 . 

3. □ Acknowledgment is made of a claim for foreign priority under 35 U.S.C. § 1 19(a)-(d) or (f). 

a) □ All b)DSome* c) □ None of the: 

1. □ Certified copies of the priority documents have been received. 

2. □ Certified copies of the priority documents have been received in Application No. . 

3. □ 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)). 
* Certified copies not received: . 

Applicant has THREE MONTHS FROM THE "MAILING DATE" of this communication to file a reply complying with the requirements 
noted below. Failure to timely comply will result in ABANDONMENT of this application. 
THIS THREE-MONTH PERIOD IS NOT EXTENDABLE. 

4. □ A SUBSTITUTE OATH OR DECLARATION must be submitted. Note the attached EXAMINER'S AMENDMENT or NOTICE OF 

INFORMAL PATENT APPLICATION (PTO-1 52) which gives reason(s) why the oath or declaration is deficient. 

5. □ CORRECTED DRAWINGS ( as "replacement sheets") must be submitted. 

(a) □ including changes required by the Notice of Draftsperson's Patent Drawing Review ( PTO-948) attached 

1) □ hereto or 2) □ to Paper No./Mail Date . 

(b) □ including changes required by the attached Examiner's Amendment / Comment or in the Office action of 

Paper No./Mail Date . 

Identifying indicia such as the application number (see 37 CFR 1.84(c)) should be written on the drawings in the front (not the back) of 
each sheet. Replacement sheet(s) should be labeled as such in the header according to 37 CFR 1.121(d). 

6. □ DEPOSIT OF and/or INFORMATION about the deposit of BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL must be submitted. Note the 

attached Examiner's comment regarding REQUIREMENT FOR THE DEPOSIT OF BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL 



Attachment(s) 

1 . □ Notice of References Cited (PTO-892) 

2. □ Notice of Draftperson's Patent Drawing Review (PTO-948) 

3. □ Information Disclosure Statements (PTO/SB/08), 

Paper No./Mail Date 

4. □ Examiner's Comment Regarding Requirement for Deposit 

of Biological Material 



5. □ Notice of Informal Patent Application 

6. □ Interview Summary (PTO-413), 

Paper No./Mail Date . 

7. □ Examiner's Amendment/Comment 

8. E3 Examiner's Statement of Reasons for Allowance 

9. □ Other . 



U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
PTOL-37 (Rev. 08-06) 



Notice of Allowability 



Part of Paper No./Mail Date 20070905 



Application/Control Number: 10/764,710 Page 2 

Art Unit: 1743 

REASONS FOR ALLOWANCE 

Claims 1-48 are allowed. 

1 . The following is an examiner's statement of reasons for allowance: Prior art fails 
to teach or fairly suggest a liquid dispensing device comprising a tray for holding a liquid 
at a relatively constant level and a liquid container containing a liquid having an opening 
and positioned upside down in the tray with the opening defining a vertical position 
approximately equal to or below the relatively constant tray liquid level such that 
atmospheric pressure on the liquid the tray and vacuum inside the container prevents 
liquid from draining from the container except when the liquid level in the tray drops to a 
level approximately equal to or below to the vertical position of the opening of the 
container. The dispensing device further comprises a syringe for drawing liquid from 
the tray. 

Any comments considered necessary by applicant must be submitted no later 
than the payment of the issue fee and, to avoid processing delays, should preferably 
accompany the issue fee. Such submissions should be clearly labeled "Comments on 
Statement of Reasons for Allowance." 

Any inquiry concerning this communication or earlier communications from the 
examiner should be directed to Jyoti Nagpaul whose telephone number is 571-272- 
1273. The examiner can normally be reached on Monday thru Friday (8:00-4:30). 

If attempts to reach the examiner by telephone are unsuccessful, the examiner's 
supervisor, Jill Warden can be reached on 571-272-1267. The fax phone number for 
the organization where this application or proceeding is assigned is 571-273-8300. 



Application/Control Number: 10/764,710 



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Art Unit: 1743 

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