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Panel #5 – Secondary Considerations and the Art of Responding to Obviousness Rejections*

June 20, 2023 @ 2:30 PM EST

2:30 PM ET
June 20, 2023

Panel #5 – Secondary Considerations and the Art of Responding to Obviousness Rejections*

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While much attention in recent years has been placed on patent eligibility—and rightly so— the truth is obviousness remains the most important threshold for most innovations.

When the Supreme Court issued its decision in KSR v. Teleflex, things substantially changed. Obviousness today is all about predictability of results. Long gone are the days where an obviousness rejection was inappropriate simply because there is no teaching, suggestion, or motivation to combine references.

While worst fears associated with KSR have not materialized, it is still all too easy for examiners to subjectively, and in a rather cavalier way, conclude claims do not pass muster under one of the so-called KSR Rationales. Furthermore, what the MPEP instructs examiners to do with respect to obviousness combinations is not in line with current Federal Circuit precedent. Further still, objective indicia of nonobviousness are often given minimal consideration by decision-makers.

This panel discussion will focus on responding to obviousness rejections and convincing examiners there is more to the claimed invention than the sum of its parts. To accomplish this task, the panel will explore—among other things—the following: (1) Specific requirements examiners must satisfy in order to rely on each of the KSR rationales; (2) The most common obviousness rejections and how to handle them; (3) How best to establish a nexus between objective evidence of nonobviousness (i.e., secondary considerations) and the claimed invention; and (4) Tips for successfully working with patent examiners to convince them to issue patent claims.

Materials:

When Commercial Success Can Prove Non-Obviousness

Patentability: The Nonobviousness Requirement of 35 U.S.C. 103

Reyna Splits from CAFC on Weight of General Industry Skepticism in Obviousness Analysis

Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/prosecution-2023-panel-5

Note: This panel was moderated by Gene Quinn, President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc.



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While much attention in recent years has been placed on patent eligibility—and rightly so— the truth is obviousness remains the most important threshold for most innovations. When the Supreme Court issued its decision in KSR v. Teleflex, things substantially changed. Obviousness today is all about predictability of results. Long gone are the days where an obviousness rejection was inappropriate simply…

Session Speakers

Keith Fredlake

Member

Cozen O'Connor

John Hocker

Founder

Cybernetic Law PLLC

Keri Sicard

Registered Patent Attorney

Virtual IP Law, LLC

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