Obviousness Rejections 2021

Introduction: An application for patent is typically rejected by the USPTO examiner after the first examination.  But the USPTO examiner must provide specific written reasons justifying the rejection.  The applicant has the right to respond to the rejection to point out why the examiner is in error or to amend the claims of the application…

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Overcoming Obviousness Rejections

Introduction This article addresses overcoming obviousness rejections.  This is sometimes referenced as a Section 103 rejection.  Rejections under 35 U.S.C. 103 are the most common basis for an examiner refusing to allow issuance of a patent.  Section 103 states that an improvement or modification that would be obvious to a hypothetical person of ordinary skill…

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Post Patent Grant Challenge

INTRODUCTION: After you have achieved the award of a patent, you may still be subject to challenge from competitors.  You may face a post patent grant challenge.  Part of the America Invents Act or AIA the USPTO established a procedure called a Post Grant Review.  The procedure gives third parties up to 9 months after the grant of…

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Appealing an Obviousness Rejection

INTRODUCTION: This article looks at appealing an obviousness rejection. It should not be a surprise that there are obstinate patent examiners.  For whatever reason, they can be determined to not allow your patent application.  Frequently, this situation can be experienced when an examiner rejects your application based on alleged obviousness (a 103 rejection).   An assertion of obviousness…

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When is Computer Software Patentable?

Software is patentable when and if it can meet the following two part test: Does the claim recite (expressly state or inherently infer) that the software pertains to a method of organizing human activity (including satisfying legal obligations), mathematical formulas or mental processes?  If no, then the software claim is patent eligible.  If yes, then go to the second part…

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APPEALING THE EXAMINER REJECTION

Introduction I recently published a blog regarding the frustrating but common rejection of a patent application based upon the examiner asserting that the invention is obvious.  See  Overcoming an Obviousness Rejection.  Depending upon the individual circumstances, it may be worthwhile for appealing the examiner rejection.   Recall obviousness under 35 U.S.C. section 103 can be a subjective exercise or…

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