Strafford Publications is hosting the above-titled live webinar/teleconference on January 12, 2011:
The Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in KSR v. Teleflex established a new standard for obviousness. In Sept. 2010, the USPTO published updated guidelines, which provide reasons and circumstances under which claims may or may not be found obvious.
In KSR, the Court changed the framework for evaluating obviousness, but it left a number of unanswered questions. Counsel can gain practical insights from how the courts and the USPTO Board of Appeals have applied the obviousness standard since KSR.
Our panelists, recruited from the country's top law firms, have developed this program to provide patent counsel with a review of the USPTO's new post-KSR guidelines and how the courts and the USPTO are applying the obviousness standard. We will discuss best practices for patent counsel to avoid obviousness rejections and defend patent validity.
The panel will review these and other key questions:
- What insights into how the USPTO will perform obviousness analyses do the new USPTO Guidelines provide?
- Under what circumstances has the obvious-to-try standard supported a finding of obviousness—and when has it worked to nullify such a finding?
- What are the steps that patent applicants can take to stand up to obviousness rejections?
Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.
More information and registration are available here.